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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: March 31, 2015

March 31, 2015 | Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Latest News

BP spill continues to threaten Gulf wildlife, National Wildlife Federation says
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). March 30, 2015.
"The BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill continues to pose a significant threat to wildlife in and around the Gulf of Mexico, with at least 20 species seeing continued problems five years after the accident, according to a report released Monday (Mar. 30) by the National Wildlife Federation…" (read more).

Report: Problems linger in Gulf of Mexico long after 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (New Orleans). March 31, 2015.
"Researchers expect it will take years, possibly even decades, to learn the full ecological impact of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, but some problem areas have already been identified and need to be addressed, according to a report from the National Wildlife Federation…" (read more).

Report: Louisiana dolphins still dying in high numbers; sea turtles failing to nest
By WVUE FOX 8 (New Orleans). March 30, 2015.
"As the five-year anniversary of the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig approaches, a new National Wildlife Federation report looks at how twenty species of wildlife are faring in the aftermath of the disaster…" (read more).

Coastal money belongs here
Opinion by Chris Macaluso, The Daily Comet (Thibodaux, La.).
"Louisiana’s congressional delegation has rightly criticized an Obama administration budget recommendation that would redirect Outer Continental Shelf oil and gas revenue currently dedicated to restoring and protecting Louisiana’s coast through the Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act…" (read more).

BP says spill fine could bust its U.S. oil business
By Collin Eaton, Houston Chronicle. March 30, 2015.
"BP says even a fraction of the $13.7 billion in fines it could face for the Deepwater Horizon disaster could threaten the solvency of its U.S. oil arm and cut deep into spending that props up the Gulf Coast economy…" (read more).

Report: BP Oil Spill Still Harming At Least 20 Animal Species
By Emily Atkin, Think Progress. March 30, 2015.
"At least 20 animal species are still suffering from the effects of the largest oil spill in U.S. history nearly five years after it occurred, according to a National Wildlife Federation report released Monday…" (read more).

Deepwater Horizon oil spill still harming sea life, report says
By William E. Gibson, The Seattle Times. March 30, 2015.
"WASHINGTON — Dolphins are dying in unusually high numbers. Sea turtle nests are declining.
Tuna are developing abnormally. And pelicans and gulls are suffering from the lasting effects of a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico five years ago, the National Wildlife Federation warned in a report released Monday…" (read more).

Deepwater oil spill: BP steps up PR effort to insist all is well in the Gulf
By Peter Moskowitz, The Guardian (London). March 31, 2015.
"In the run-up to the five-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon spill this April, BP is ramping up its effort to convince consumers that life is returning to normal on the Gulf coast…" (read more).

Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill: Five Years Later Wildlife Still Suffers
By Kathleen Caulderwood, International Business Times. March 30, 2015.
"When BP’s Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in 2010, it sent an estimated 124 million gallons of crude into the Gulf of Mexico. Five years later, wildlife in the region are still feeling the effects…" (read more).

Report: Wildlife Still Feeling Impact from BP Oil Spill
By Alexa Davies, WUSF News (Tampa Bay, Fla.). March, 30, 2015.
"Five years after the BP oil spill, the environmental impacts are still being felt.

According to a report released Monday by the National Wildlife Federation, animals such as dolphins were found dead at four times the historic rates in 2014. The group believes the oil spill may be to blame…" (read more).

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 30, 2015

March 30, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

High Mississippi, Atchafalaya rivers pouring sediment into Louisiana wetlands, lakes, Gulf
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. March 27, 2015
“The rising Mississippi and Atchafalaya rivers are carrying a wealth of sediment — clearly visible from space — into coastal wetlands, Lake Pontchartrain and other coastal lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico, according to a recent image from NASA's MODIS satellite.” (Read More)

UNO Katrina Summit: Coastal LA too exposed 10 years later
By Rob Masson, WVUE – Fox8. March 27, 2015
“Though the levee system is improved, the experts say more coastal restoration is needed to protect areas outside levees that are now directly exposed to the Gulf. ’It is the fastest disappearing delta in the world. Nobody's losing land as quickly as we are.’” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 27, 2015

March 27, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Treasurer Kennedy: ‘Oil settlement money for coastal restoration only’
By Monica Grimaldo, KPLC. March 27, 2015
“The Board of Regents supported a proposal on Wednesday to be sponsored by New Orleans Rep. Walt Leger that targets money Louisiana is expected to receive from BP to pay for economic damage caused by the massive 2010 spill, but State Treasurer John Kennedy thinks the money should be used towards rebuilding the coast.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 26, 2015

March 26, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Opposing opinion on river diversions show contentious nature of coastal master plan
*features Kim Reyher, CRCL
By The Editors, The Lens. March 26, 2015
“The bottom line is this: Sediment diversions are our most powerful tool for coastal restoration. Without sediment diversions, our wetlands will be lost. As we approach the 10th anniversary of Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, when so many of us witnessed the devastating results of a withered coastline, it’s time to come together and get to work implementing solutions that can achieve long-term protection for coastal communities.” (Read More)

Science advisers say design of 4 river diversions can move forward
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. March 26, 2015
“A scientific advisory panel gave the green light Wednesday (March 25) to the state's continued planning for construction of four major sediment diversions on the lower Mississippi River, although it raised questions about state's ongoing socioeconomic analysis of the diversions' potential effects.” (Read More)

State coastal group approves $884 million spending plan for upcoming fiscal year
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. March 25, 2015
“A plan for how $884 million will be spent on coastal protection and restoration in Louisiana in fiscal year 2016, which included no budget cuts requested by the state, was approved Wednesday by the state’s main coastal board.” (Read More)
 
Congressman to address coastal restoration group
*features Simone Maloz, Restore or Retreat
By Aaren Gordon, Houma Courrier. March 25, 2015
“We are looking forward to hearing his unique perspective on how we can elevate the state’s coastal successes to the federal level in order to secure the nation’s commitment to restore and protect our irreplaceable region,” said Simone Maloz, Restore or Retreat executive director.” (Read More)
 
Terrebone coastal restoration project nears design
*features Simone Maloz, Restore or Retreat
By Aaren Gordon, Houma Courrier. March 25, 2015
“Construction on a $417 million project to save Terrebonne Parish's coastline using freshwater from the Atchafalaya River to move sediment could begin in two to four years, state Coastal Protection and Restoration officials were told Wednesday.” (Read More)

Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to honor environmental advocates
The New Orleans Advocate. March 25, 2015
“Former U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu will be the keynote speaker when the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana honors 15 stewards of Louisiana’s coast at its Coastal Stewardship Awards Banquet. The banquet will be at 6 p.m. Friday, April 17, at the Hilton Baton Rouge Capitol Center.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 25, 2015

March 25, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

America’s Second-Worst Oil Spill is Still Scarring the Shores of Alaska
By Jennifer Latson, Time. March 24, 2015
“While the lessons learned in the Alaskan cleanup may have led to a better response to the spill in the Gulf, the most enduring lesson is that maritime oil spills are devastating even with the best possible response.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 23, 2015

March 23, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

No levees in Corp’ $1.8 billion flood plan for southwest Louisiana
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. March 20, 2015
“The plan includes about $493 million for nine major marsh restoration projects; about $364 million for five shoreline protection and stabilization projects; $200,000 to reforest chenier ridges; and $4.3 million to control salinity and water movement in the Cameron-Creole Spillway.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 20, 2015

| Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Despite rosy report, BP still cleaning up oil
By David Hammer, WWL-TV. March 19, 2015
“Just as BP released a report this week stating that its massive oil spill five years ago did not have a lasting impact on the Gulf environment, WWL-TV found crews trying to clean up the largest tar mat seen in Louisiana in more than a year.” (Read More)
*Also posted on USA Today

BP report says Gulf environment returning to normal, others call report premature, cherry-picked
By Dennis Pillion, AL.com. March 18, 2015
“The National Wildlife Federation published a blog post Tuesday titled "10 Things BP's New Report Doesn't Tell You," in which NWF biologist Ryan Fikes highlighted aspects left out of the BP report, including information on dolphins, tuna and sea turtles.” (Read More)

The Science of Gulf Recovery from BP Oil Spill
By Debbie Williams, WRKG. March 18, 2015
“The National Wildlife Federation published a blog post Tuesday titled "10 Things BP's New Report Doesn't Tell You," in which NWF biologist Ryan Fikes highlighted aspects left out of the BP report, including information on dolphins, tuna and sea turtles.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 18, 2015

March 18, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Day after boasting of Gulf’s health, BP confirms 25,000-pound tar mat
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. March 18, 2015
“On Monday, BP released a statement claiming the environment of the northern Gulf of Mexico had returned its “baseline condition” five years after its Deepwater Horizon disaster pumped more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf off Louisiana’s  coast. But on Tuesday, the U.S. Coast Guard was supervising the ongoing removal of a large oil tar mat on East Grand Terre Island that has yielded more than 25,000 pounds of oil mixed with sand since late February, a BP spokesman confirmed.” (Read More)

BP misuses data to fit its claim the Gulf won’t suffer long-term from spill: Editorial
By The Editorial Board, The Times-Picayune. March 18, 2015
“BP's declaration is premature and one-sided, according to the council of federal and state Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees, Louisiana officials and environmentalists. In other words, just about everybody other than BP.” (Read More)

BP has PR, not science, on its side
By Clancy DuBos, WWL-TV. March 17, 2015
“A study by BP says the Gulf of Mexico is recovering nicely after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill five years ago. BP claims to have "science" on its side. Truth is, the science isn't in yet. The official damage assessment process could take up to 10 years to complete.” (Read More)

5 things you should know about BP’s state of the Gulf report
By Mark Schliefstein, The Times-Picayune. March 17, 2015
“Several scientists, federal and state officials, and representatives of environmental groups pointed out that BP's report was not peer reviewed, and although it did cite some peer-reviewed papers, they contend the company presented only information that placed the Gulf's recovery in the best light.” (Read More)

BP accused of playing down impact of Gulf of Mexico oil spill
By Ed Crooks, Financial Times. March 17, 2015
“BP has been accused by US government representatives of misinterpreting and misapplying data in arguing that the Gulf of Mexico has recovered faster than expected following the 2010 oil spill in the area.” (Read More)

BP clashes with US scientists over Gulf of Mexico oil claims
By Andrew Critchlow, The Telegraph. March 17, 2015
“The NOAA said: “Citing scientific studies conducted by experts from around the Gulf, as well as this council, BP misinterprets and misapplies data while ignoring published literature that doesn’t support its claims and attempts to obscure our role as caretakers of the critical resources damaged by the spill.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 17, 2015

March 17, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

BP report says Gulf rebounding, but government officials, environmentalists dismiss results as ‘cherry-picked’
*Features David Muth, NWF & Melanie Driscoll, NAS
By Mark Schliefstein, The Times-Picayune. March 16, 2015
“It is grossly premature and has a very narrow point of view, and they have clearly cherry-picked the data and information they'd like to discuss," said Kyle Graham, chairman of the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, which serves as state trustee in the federal Natural Resource Damage Assessment process designed to scientifically establish the damages caused by the spill.” (Read More)

BP reports Gulf of Mexico almost back to normal, but others claim otherwise
*Features Steve Cochran, EDF
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. March 17, 2015
“We’re neither surprised nor persuaded,” said Steve Cochran, director for Mississippi River Delta Restoration with the Environmental Defense Fund. “BP has certainly really gone to great lengths to say the Gulf is healthy.” (Read More)

House Democrats back Obama plan to half Gulf revenue sharing
*Features EDF, NAS, NWF, LPBP  
By Phil Taylor, E&E. March 17, 2015
“The Obama plan is also opposed by the Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, groups that have invested heavily in restoring the eroding Gulf coastline. According to the New Orleans Times-Picayune, Louisiana voters amended the state's constitution to dedicate future offshore royalties to coastal restoration, part of a $50 billion, 50-year master plan to rebuild barrier islands, marshland and beaches that defend against floods.” (Read More)

BP says Gulf of Mexico recovering from 2010 oil spill, but federal scientists dispute company’s claims
By Maria Gallucci, International Business Times. March 17, 2015
“The U.S. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), which is involved in the response effort, quickly rebutted BP’s report. The agency said the energy company “misinterprets and misapplies” data and findings regarding the extent of damage to the regional environment.” (Read More)
 
Party to save the Louisiana coast (Video)
*Features Chuck Simmons, CRCL
WBRZ. March 17, 2015
“Right now the Louisiana coastline is disappearing at an alarming rate. A chunk of land the size of Tiger Stadium disappears every hour. Party for the Coast is attempting to bring awareness to the importance of preserving the coastline.” (Watch Video)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 16, 2015

March 16, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

BP win cutting Gulf spill tab by $4 billion fought by U.S.
By Margaret Cronin Fisk, Bloomberg Business. March 13, 2015
“The U.S. is fighting a judge’s decision that shaved more than $4 billion off the maximum pollution penalties BP Plc must pay for its 2010 Gulf of Mexico disaster, the biggest offshore oil discharge in U.S. history.” (Read More)

Barrier island dune restoration to begin in May
*Photo: Simone Maloz, Restore or Retreat
By Aaren Gordon, Houma Courrier. March 13, 2015
“The Caminada Headland Beach and Dune Restoration Project aims to add barrier island shoreline just south of Port Fourchon, where about 45 feet of land is being washed away per year.” (Read More)

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