Lake Pontchartrain

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Oil Rig Explodes Near New Orleans

1 missing; at least 7 injured

(Newser) - One person is missing and at least seven people are hospitalized with injuries after an oil rig explosion on a Louisiana lake. Emergency officials say the blast happened on Lake Pontchartrain around 7pm Sunday near the city of Kenner, WDSU reports. Authorities say five of the injured people are in... More »

Tar Balls Hit Battered Lake Pontchartrain

Gulf oil begins to seep into Louisiana's famed lake

(Newser) - Louisiana's Lake Pontchartrain first overcame pollution in the '90s so severe no one thought it could recover, then rallied after the Army Corps of Engineers dumped New Orleans' toxic floodwaters into it after Katrina. But now the fishing and tourism face tar balls and oil slicks as Hurricane Alex pushes... More »

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