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The local industrial company blamed for black dust in a North Lake Charles neighborhood appealed to the City Council Wednesday night. They were asking for an exception to operate in two buildings on theirMore >>
The Lake Charles City Council ordered company Industrial Carbon Services to stop operations until they get the proper permits to operate. The company is blamed for polluting a North Lake Charles neighborhood with black dust released during the processing of petro coke.More >>
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The Welsh Police Department would like to ask for the communities help in locating a suspect that is on the run from police. Officials want you to be on the lookout for 33 year old Damien Guidry. GuidryMore >>
The Welsh Police Department is looking for a suspect who escaped after being brought to the police station Wednesday night.More >>
Wednesday, June 19 2013 8:54 PM EDT2013-06-20 00:54:12 GMT
"What we want do is we want to take our samples, Gladys, Bud, Claude, and Brittany, and see what the PH of their clear substance," said a McNeese professor. It's all still a mystery. Test tubes … petriMore >>
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Wednesday, June 19 2013 7:28 PM EDT2013-06-19 23:28:22 GMT
The following is a news release from the Calcasieu Parish Public Library: Calcasieu Parish Public Library System and Sulphur Parks and Recreation have partnered to provide the community with an easy andMore >>
Sulphur Parks and Recreation and Calcasieu Parish Public Library have partnered to participate in the Little Free Library project, first launched in 2009 in Wisconsin. More >>
The United States Coast Guard says several Southwest Louisiana waterways are now affected by oil spilled from CITGO's Lake Charles facility.
"You have the Calcasieu River, the primary ship channel which has been affected, also Prien Lake, Moss Lake, and Lake Calcasieu, extending pretty much all the way down to the nine mile cut," USCG Operations Team member Chris Kimrey said.
And he says it may continue to flow even farther south. "It's hard to tell," he said. "These things are tricky."
Many call the spill a man-made devastation rivaling Hurricane Rita. The difference, however, is this time Mother Nature has been on our side.
"The weather's actually been very cooperative," Kimrey said but even under the best circumstances clean-up is a slow process. And now into day eight it remains slow-going for barges and ships attempting to navigate the area.
"The ship channel is still currently closed," he said, "however we are making an attempt to facilitate commerce and as ops permit we are allowing some movement on a case by case basis."
But CITGO admits massive amounts of oil, up to 18,000 barrels, are involved. To put the amount into some perspective, each barrell holds 42 gallons of oil so if 18,000 spilled out into Southwest Louisiana waterways you're talking about 756,000 gallons.
"We have operations crews spotting from the skies and also the waterways, determining where the oil is forecast to head and we're trying to stay one step ahead of the game," Kimrey said.
A game that may take some time to play itself out.
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