Latest news: February 2, 2012
February 2, 2012 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Latest News

Letter: Senate bill would ensure fines from Gulf oil spill go to restoring the area affected
By Peter Sutherland (Pelican Island Audubon Society), TCPalm.com (Treasure Coast, Fla.). Feb. 1, 2012.
"Now, for the first time in a while, our deeply divided and heavily partisan nation has a unique opportunity to unite…"

Happy World Wetlands Day
By Russell McLendon, Mother Nature Network. Feb. 2, 2012.
"Feb. 2 is World Wetlands Day, a holiday that has promoted global appreciation and protection of wetlands for 41 years. It commemorates an international treaty signed in 1971, the Ramsar Convention, that aims to conserve swamps, marshes and bogs around the world, from Albania to Mexico to Zambia…"

Be a part of this crucial process
By the Houma Courier (Houma, La.). Feb. 2, 2012.
"The first projects to be conducted with a $1 billion oil-spill restoration payment from BP are on the verge of getting started. Before they do, though, the government wants to hear what you and your neighbors think of the plans…"

Bassmaster Classic Returns to Sportsmans Paradise, Again
By Melissa Canone, KATC News (Lafayette, La.). Feb. 1, 2012.
"The world's premier fishing event will return to Sportsman's Paradise this February, as Louisiana is poised to host its third Bassmaster Classic in four years…"

Louisiana's 2nd dead zone could stretch past Ala.
By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press. Feb. 2, 2012.
"NEW ORLEANS — A new study finds that Louisiana's second Gulf of Mexico dead zone stretches at least from the Chandeleur Sound off Louisiana's coast to Alabama's Dauphin Island and could extend across Alabama's coast…"

Flood year? Still too early to tell
By Casey Gisclair, Tri-Parish Times (Houma, La.). Feb. 2, 2012.
"The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers New Orleans District announced last week that they have ceased flood fighting efforts along the Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers…"

Hurricanes: The Times-Picayune covers 175 years of New Orleans history
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Feb. 1, 2012.
"The New Orleans area has been ravaged repeatedly by hurricanes during its 200-year history, with the first major hurricane in 1722 destroying nearly every structure in the four-year-old village, including its only church, parsonage and hospital…"

BP oil spill: The Times-Picayune covers 175 years of New Orleans history
By Peter Kovacs, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Feb. 2, 2012.
"The April 20, 2010, explosion on BP’s Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico killed 11 workers, caused the world’s largest accidental oil spill and set off a national debate over the safety of offshore drilling…"

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