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How the Louisiana legislature is addressing carbon capture this congressional session

A boat filled with news media, state officials and coastal advocates chug down the Blind River in Maurepas Swamp during a tour on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.
Halle Parker
A boat filled with news media, state officials and coastal advocates chug down the Blind River in Maurepas Swamp during a tour on Friday, Feb. 3, 2023.

Proposals for carbon capture and sequestration projects have been popping up across Louisiana for years. Officials have welcomed these projects, but residents have recently expressed their concerns of the plans to store carbon dioxide underground — especially in the area surrounding Lake Maurepas.

Residents’ concerns of this new industry have led state lawmakers to propose a string of bills aimed at tightening restrictions and allowing for more local input on projects. The Coastal Desk’s Halle Parker has been following these bills, and joins us today for more.

The Louisiana governor’s race is coming up this November, and so far, nine candidates have thrown their hats in the ring.

Over the next few weeks, we will bring you a series of interviews with these candidates as they speak with the The Times-Picayune | The Advocate editorial director and columnist, Stephanie Grace. Up first we have Richard Nelson, a Republican state representative from Mandeville. He spoke with Grace about his stance on the income tax, the legalization of marijuana, public school choice, and what he would bring to the governor’s office as a millennial candidate.

Today’s episode of Louisiana Considered was hosted by Carly Berlin. Our managing producer is Alana Schreiber and our digital editor is Katelyn Umholtz. Our engineers are Garrett Pittman and Aubry Procell.

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Carly Berlin is the New Orleans Reporter for WWNO and WRKF. She focuses on housing, transportation, and city government. Previously, she was the Gulf Coast Correspondent for Southerly, where her work focused on disaster recovery across south Louisiana during two record-breaking hurricane seasons. Much of that reporting centered on the aftermath of Hurricanes Laura and Delta in Lake Charles, and was supported by a grant from the Pulitzer Center.
Alana Schreiber is the managing producer for the live daily news program, Louisiana Considered. She comes to WWNO from KUNC in Northern Colorado, where she worked as a radio producer for the daily news magazine, Colorado Edition. She has previously interned for Minnesota Public Radio in St. Paul and The Documentary Group in New York City.