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April 2014 - Simien & Simien, LLC

Community Meeting In St. Tammany Parish To Discuss Oil & Gas Fracking Proposal

A community meeting on a proposed oil and gas fracking well near Mandeville will be held Thursday in St. Tammany Parish. Abita Springs Mayor Greg Lemons called the meeting, which will feature representatives of the Louisiana Oil & Gas Association and the state departments of Environmental Quality and Natural Resources.

Speed Traps are Here to Stay

Despite many drivers believing that speed traps are unfair, it is likely they are here to stay even as lawmakers continue to take the issue on again and again. The latest debate on the subject involves Washington, La., which has become an example of what is wrong with speed traps.

American Safety Experts Look to Europe for Ways to Improve Oil Refinery Safety

In the wake of several oil refinery fires and explosions, President Obama issued an executive order to improve chemical facility safety. Some safety experts are looking to European oil refineries as a model of how to improve American refinery safety. The European Difference European oil refineries boast a much better

GM Accused of Sacrificing Safety for Costs Concerns with Recalled Parts

A letter sent to General Motors’ CEO today by the former director of the NHTSA and the executive director of the Center for Auto Safety alleges that GM rejected a safer design for the faulty ignition switches in their recalled vehicles in favor of a defective design which was cheaper.

GM Issues Recall on 778,562 Vehicles in North America

Update: GM Lawsuits to Be Consolidated Lawyers who are suing General Motors Co. have put in a request with the Judicial Panel on Multidistrict Litigation in Washington to consolidate the lawsuits filed due to the faulty ignition switch. With more than three million vehicles recalled, it is likely that the

Toyota Recalls More Than 6 Million Vehicles

Toyota Motor Corp. is recalling more than 6 million vehicles spanning nearly 30 models in the U.S., Japan and Europe for a variety of problems, ranging from air bags not deploying to driver’s seats not locking properly. The top-selling RAV4 SUV, Corolla, Yaris and Matrix are among the vehicles being

CEO Gives Details Regarding General Motors’ Defective Ignition Switch Recall

General Motors is currently under investigation by the Senate, the House of Representatives, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, and a federal prosecutor. The embattled company sent its CEO, Mary Barra, to Congress on Tuesday and Wednesday to testify about the nationwide recall of 6.3 million vehicles since February. Faulty

St Tammany Parish Fracking Meetings Draw Large Crowds

People packed two venues in St. Tammany Parish on Thursday night, waving signs, cheering anti-oil-drilling comments and jeering drilling advocates. The impetus for the public outcry was the proposal by Helis Energy, before the Louisiana commissioner of conservation, to drill a single oil well on a 960-acre tract near Interstate

How to Recognize a Pipeline Leak and What Happens When it Bursts

Between 1994 and 2014, there have been more than 745 serious incidents involving gas pipelines and many more involving the distribution of oil. Along with property damage, these incidents can also lead to serious injuries and fatalities. Since 1994 there have been more than three dozen fatalities caused by gas