News, Sports and Entertainment for St. Martin Parish, La.


Hearing Feb. 1 on Basin oilfield waste transfer site

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A legal challenge to the construction of an oilfield waste transfer station in the Atchafalaya Basin at Belle River, in lower St. Martin Parish, will come before District Judge Wilson Fields here Monday, Feb. 1.

Basinkeeper blowout is Sunday, Jan. 31

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CAJUN BLUES musician Drew Landry (center) sings an ode to legendary swampman Greg Guirard (right) at last year’s Save the Basin fundraiser. Since then, Landry was severely injured in a traffic crash but as been on the mend and will be back on stage at Artmosphere next Sunday.

The second annual Save the Basin fundraiser featuring live music, and an art auction will be held next Sunday, Jan. 31, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Artmosphere Bistro, 902 Johnston St.
A “bottomless mimosa brunch” will be served until 2:30 p.m. There’s a $10 cover charge at the door.

Wood duck, bluebird nesting workshop will be held Jan. 9

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A workshop on how to get and manage a wood duck or eastern bluebird nest box will be held at the Port Barre Lions Club, 150 VFW St., 9:30 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 9.
The workshop is free for Teche Project and Port Barre Lions Club members. The $10 fee for others includes a discounted membership to The TECHE Project.

DNR, oil company pledge to save the swamp

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An unlikely coalition of environmentalists, industry and government have pledged their troth to restore the natural hydrology of some 5,300 acres in the 800,000-plus-acre Atchafalaya Basin by pouring a lot of money into it.
The partners are:

Atchafalaya Basinkeeper Dean Wilson statement:

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Atchafalaya Basinkeeper (ABK) and Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association-West are concerned about the direction that The Nature Conservancy (TNC), the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (LDNR), Shell Oil, large Atchafalaya Basin land owners and the U.S.