Tourists get a look at the Mr. Charlie oil rig in Morgan City in this file photo. The museum is a monument to the industry’s role in the region’s history. (The Daily Review/Diane Miller Fears)

News analysis: Bad news, good news for offshore

What’s up with offshore?
The oil and gas industry employs nearly 1,800 people directly in the St. Mary region, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. And that doesn’t count the shipbuilders and other businesses whose well-being relies on work in the Gulf of Mexico.
Just as important for Morgan City, a city with an oil rig in the middle of the main drag, offshore is about history, Mr. Charlie, and working seven-and-seven. Offshore work is in the heart of the people.
And offshore was once the be-all-and-end-all of energy growth.

Sherburne WMA South Farm closed for all public use

Sherburne WMA South Farm closed for all public use due to flooding
The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed Sherburne Wildlife Management Area South Farm for all public use due to flooding.
Increasing water levels in associated river systems has caused backwater flooding on the South Farm area. Once water recedes and necessary repairs have been made, the farm will be re-opened for public use.
Sherburne WMA South Farm is located in Iberville Parish, about one mile north of Ramah.

Air quality information offered

BATON ROUGE – EnviroFlash is the state Department of Environmental Quality’s free automatic notification system that delivers air quality information to you in a timely and convenient manner.
Through EnviroFlash, information is available on a daily basis or on-demand. LDEQ and EPA partner in providing the service to the public.
The EnviroFlash alert system can deliver the information to a phone or email. It is easy to subscribe and once you subscribe, you will receive current information about the air quality.

Centralized sales tax collections a priority for small business

The Louisiana chapter of the National Federation of Independent Business is lining up behind a constitutional amendment that would — over time and without definitive directives — create a centralized sales tax collection system in the Bayou State. While some details of the plan remain murky, the amendment’s purpose is clear. Rather than retailers and other businesses paying local sales taxes in each individual parish, there would be a one-stop shop on the state level.


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