Latest news: July 2, 2012
July 2, 2012 | Posted by Kevin Chandler in Latest News

The Restore Act is a victory for the Gulf Coast: An Editorial
The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). July 1, 2012.
"Almost a year after introduction of the Restore Act and after months of intense work by Gulf Coast lawmakers, environmentalists and business leaders, Congress agreed Friday to send at least 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines levied against BP to our region. The importance of this legislation cannot be overstated…" (Read more)

RESTORE ACT passage topped off week (Press-Register editorial)
The Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.). June 29, 2012.
"WHAT WAS already a good week for the Alabama Gulf Coast got even better Friday when the U.S. House and Senate voted in favor of the RESTORE Act. The measure now heads to the President Obama’s desk for his signature…" (Read more)

Welcome news from Congress
Editorial, The Houma (La.) Courier. June 30, 2012.
"Louisiana has known its share of misery.

Now, just maybe, we might be on the verge of getting some of the help we need from the federal government to undo a bit of that misery…" (Read more)

Passage of Restore Act to be a "game changer" in coastal restoration
By Monica Hernandez, WWL-TV (New Orleans). June 30, 2012.
"NEW ORLEANS – Billions of dollars for coastal restoration could be headed to Louisiana. Congress has passed the Restore Act, which means impacted Gulf states will receive the majority of oil-spill related fines…" (Read more)

RESTORE Act approved
By Deborah Barfield Berry, Gannett. June 30, 2012.
"WASHINGTON — Congress approved a long-awaited measure Friday that will likely send billions of dollars to Alabama to help the Gulf Coast…" (Read more)

Major Step Forward for Gulf Coast Restoration
By Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, Environmental Protection Agency, The White House Blog. June 29, 2012.
"Today Congress took a major step in our efforts to restore the Gulf Coast and support the important communities that rely on it everyday. Earlier today, Congress enacted the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act (RESTORE Act)…" (Read more)

Atchafalaya Basin supporters fighting to preserve ecosystem, promote ecotourism
By Nicholas Persac, The Advertiser (Lafayette, La.). July 1, 2012.
"Dean Wilson dreamed of living off the land in the Amazon, outside the conveniences and hassles of modern life…" (Read more)

Report urges more study on impact of dispersants
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). July 1, 2012.
"Although much is known about the use of dispersants on the surface of water during an oil spill, research still needs to be conducted on possible environmental problems that could result, according to a U.S. Government Accountability Office report released Friday…" (Read more)

La. parish aims to save itself by building land
By Cain Burdeau, The Associated Press. June 29, 2012.
"BELLE CHASSE, La. — The Plaquemines Parish Council has voted in favor of a bond issue valued at between $50 million and $65 million to finance an effort to save the coastal parish from disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico…" (Read more)

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