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News in Brief- August 1, 2018

News in Brief- August 1, 2018

Louisiana could receive $19 million annually for wildlife, fisheries conservation

BATON ROUGE, La. - Louisiana would receive $19 million annually to conserve more than 700 nongame fish and wildlife species and their habitats through a bill filed recently in Congress.

The bipartisan Recovering America’s Wildlife Act (S.B. 3223), introduced by Senators James Risch (R-Idaho) and Joe Manchin (D-W. Va.), proposes to provide state fish and wildlife agencies across the country a total of $1.3 billion annually to implement State Wildlife Action Plans. Louisiana’s share would be $19 million.

The funding source would be from royalties and revenues collected from energy and mineral development on federal lands and waters.

It cost the American public hundreds of millions of dollars annually to restore threatened and endangered species. Implementing proactive conservation measures could eliminate or greatly reduce those costs.

For more information, go to For specific information on Louisiana’s State Wildlife Action Plan, go to or contact Carey Perry at .


Average price of US gas slips 3 cents, to $2.91 a gallon

CAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average price of regular-grade gasoline in the U.S. fell 3 cents over the past two weeks to $2.91.

Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that the average price is 59 cents higher than it was one year ago.

Lundberg says the drop comes mostly from lower crude oil prices and generally weak demand for gas across the U.S.

The highest average price in the contiguous 48 states was $3.71 in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest was $2.50 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

The U.S. average diesel price is $3.17, also down 3 cents.


3 groups have until Aug. 20 for Charity Hospital proposals

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Three groups have until Aug. 20 to describe what they would do with the old Charity Hospital building if they're chosen to renovate the century-old landmark that has stood vacant since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005.

Matthews Southwest leads a team that created mixed-use apartment complexes in a former Sears warehouse in Dallas and renovated New Orleans' Jung Hotel, which opened in 1925 and was damaged by Katrina.

HRI Properties LLC's work has included turning the site of a New Orleans housing project built in the 1940s into mixed-use apartments and redeveloping several historic buildings in the city.

The third group, 1532 Tulane Partners Inc., includes the contractor that oversaw construction of the Louisiana Superdome and the architectural company that helped restore Brennan's Restaurant in the French Quarter.


National rig count up by 2 to 1,048; Louisiana loses 4

HOUSTON (AP) — The number of rigs exploring for oil and natural gas in the U.S. increased by two this week to 1,048.

At this time a year ago there were 958 active rigs.

Houston oilfield services company Baker Hughes reported Friday that 861 rigs drilled for oil this week and 186 for gas. One was listed as miscellaneous.

Among major oil- and gas-producing states, Pennsylvania gained two rigs. Alaska, Kansas, New Mexico, North Dakota, Texas and West Virginia each increased by one.

Louisiana lost four rigs. Ohio and Oklahoma each decreased by one.

Arkansas, California, Colorado, Utah and Wyoming were unchanged.

The U.S. rig count peaked at 4,530 in 1981. It bottomed out in May 2016 at 404.