June 11, 2012
June 11, 2012 | Posted by Kevin Chandler in Latest News

More reason to fight for RESTORE money (editorial)
The Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.). June 10, 2012.
"THE ADDITION of thousands of new jobs is just the latest of many reasons why Congress needs to keep the RESTORE Act in the federal transportation bill, and then pass it…" (Read more)

Don't shortchange Louisiana's wetlands: An editorial
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). June 11, 2012.
"Requiring developers who destroy wetlands to offset the loss by restoring them elsewhere is critical to the environment — especially for a state like Louisiana, which is fighting to rebuild its imperiled coast…" (Read more)

BP Gulf Spill Fines Could Turn Into Jobs Boon
By Pierre Bertrand, The International Business Times. June 8, 2012.
"The 2010 Gulf Coast oil spill may prove to be a jobs booster for the region, if money paid in damages is spent to restore the Gulf's coast. That's according to an independent study by Mather Economics…" (Read more)

Jordan Blum’s column for Sunday, June 10, 2012
The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.).
"Economy got you down?

Well, a new report projects that billions of dollars in funds for coastal restoration projects will create nearly 60,000 new jobs for Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf Coast states in 10 years, and almost 80,000 jobs within 50 years…" (Read more)

BP wants to pay less than $15 billion to settle government spill claims, London paper says
By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune. June 8, 2012.
"BP hopes the U.S. Justice Department will accept less than $15 billion to settle the government's civil and criminal claims for the 2010 Gulf oil spill, the Financial Times reports. Citing an unnamed source "familiar with the discussions" between the oil giant and government negotiators, the London-based newspaper said "negotiations were accelerating" but the amount BP is seeking is far shy of the $25 billion in fines and environmental damage claims the Justice Department wants…" (Read more)

Louisiana coast navigates uncharted waters
By Suzanne Hoffman, Vail (Colo.) Daily. June 9, 2012.
"In June 2010, barely a month after oil, concrete and gas shot through the drill pipe of Transocean's Deepwater Horizon, PBS producer William Brangham prematurely buried the tiny community of Grand Isle, La., declaring this could be “the end of the road” for the island. Local residents that Brangham interviewed were no doubt in shock as they began what would be their first summer of uncertainty in the wake of the worst man-made disaster to rock the domestic oil industry…" (Read more)

Festival for coastal erosion awareness on tap this weekend
By Derra Howard, The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). June 8, 2012.
"A weekend festival that seeks to bring awareness to coastal erosion in Grand Isle will continue through Sunday…" (Read more)

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