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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 18, 2014

April 18, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Coast Guard calls BP's spill cleanup claim premature
By Collin Eaton, The Houston Chronicle. April 17, 2014.
“The Coast Guard is crying foul at BP's statement this week announcing the end of active cleanup efforts to remove oil…” (read more)

Coast Guard slams BP for suggesting oil spill cleanup is complete
By Lindsay Abrams, Salon. April 17, 2014.
“Just days before the four-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, BP announced that it’s ending the “active cleanup” of the Louisiana shoreline…” (read more)

Impact of 2010 BP oil spill lingers
By Kate Bradshow, St. Petersburg Tribune. April 18, 2014.
“As the four-year mark of the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster approaches, environmental groups, marine scientists…” (read more)

Fishermen say impacts still linger from BP oil spill (+video)
By Steve Phillips, WLOX TV (Biloxi, Miss.). April 17, 2014.
“Four years after the BP oil spill, the disaster is still unfolding, with many unanswered questions…” (read more)

Oil and Water Mix, Then Emotions Flare
By Ben Kenigsberg, The New York Times (Movie Review). April 17, 2014.
"As the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill approaches, on April 20…" (read more)

Review: 'Vanishing Pearls' shows fallout after Gulf disasters
By Gary Goldstein, The LA Times. April 17, 2014.
"The decimation of the Gulf Coast oyster industry following the one-two punches…" (read more)

With feral hog damage costs rising, West Bank levee authority to hire contractor within a week
By Andrea Shaw, The Times-Picayune. April 17, 2014.
“The damage caused by feral hogs boring through West Bank levees for grubworms …” (read more)

Houma-born artist turns oil spill tar into art
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier. April 17, 2014.
While scientists scurry to determine the long-term damage caused by the 2010 BP oil spill…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 17, 2014

April 17, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Four years after BP spill, questions linger
By John DeSantis, The Tri-Parish Times
“Carey Perry, science director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, went along for the Wildlife Federation…” (read more)

Is gulf cleanup over or not? BP and Coast Guard differ.
By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post. April 16, 2014.
“On Tuesday night, BP said that the “active cleanup” of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill had been brought “to a close…” (read more)

BP oil spill cleanup will continue, Coast Guard tells state coastal authority (+video)
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 16, 2014.
“The Coast Guard has scaled back its clean-up response to the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but that scale-back is not as extensive…” (read more)

Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Jerome Zeringue on status of BP oil spill clean-up (video)
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 16, 2014.
“Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Jerome Zeringue on Wednesday  discusses the state's concerns…” (watch here)

BP says Gulf spill shoreline cleanup operations are over
By Laura Barron-Lopez, The Hill. April 16, 2014.
“Four years after the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP and the U.S. Coast Guard are ending cleanup operations along the shoreline…” (read more)

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill main focus of coastal board meeting Wednesday: Live coverage
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 16, 2014.
“Updates on the effects of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on Louisiana's environment and its economy…” (read more)

Restoration projects up for aid
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier (Houma, La.). April 16, 2014.
“Four local projects have made it to the final 10 under consideration for federal design money…” (read more)

Land acquired for Comite River canal project
By Timothy Boone, The Advocate. April 16, 2014.
“A 66-acre tract along U.S. 61 has been acquired for the long-awaited Comite River Diversion Canal project…” (read more)

High river prompts Corps of Engineers to activate levee inspection program
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 16, 2014.
“A rising Mississippi River, which reached 11.62 feet above sea level at the Carrollton Gage in New Orleans…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 16, 2014

April 16, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Barataria Bay, 4 Years After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster
By Eileen Fleming, WWNO. April 16, 2014.
“As Sunday’s four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, environmental groups headed out…” (read more)

Final stretch of Gulf coast removed from active cleanup status
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. April 16, 2014.
“The active search for Deepwater Horizon oil along the Gulf Coast ended Tuesday…” (read more)

Coast Guard, BP end 'active cleanup' of Louisiana's coast, nearly four years after 2010 spill
By Manuel Torres, The Times-Picayune. April 15, 2014.
“BP on Tuesday said it has ended its "active cleanup" of Louisiana's coast, nearly four years…” (read more)

3 Louisiana congressmen say Obama administration too slow to release BP oil spill recovery funds
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune. April 15, 2014.
“Three Louisiana Republicans are accusing the Obama administration of taking too much time…” (read more)

West Bank levee authority to turn to private contractor for help with feral hog problem
By Andrew Shaw, The Times-Picayune. April 15, 2014.
“Feral hogs that have been rooting up West Bank levees will be targeted by a private contractor…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 15, 2014

April 15, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Scientists fear BP blowout killed far more birds than officially reported
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. April 15, 2014.
“Almost from the start wildlife advocates described the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a war on the Gulf ecosystem…” (read more)

Louisiana House committee approves $725 million budget for 2015 coastal plan, over protests from St. Bernard, Plaquemines
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 14, 2014.
“A Louisiana legislative committee Monday approved $725 million for a fiscal year 2015 coastal plan…” (read more)

Coastal Restoration Spending Advances
By Sue Lincoln, WRKF Radio. April 15, 2014.
“Members of the House Transportation Committee put their stamp of approval…” (read more)

One of the Smartest Investments We Can Make
By Jane Lubchenco, Huffington Post Green. April 15, 2014.
“For the past 25 years, every U.S. president beginning with George H. W. Bush has upheld a straightforward…” (read more)

Continuing Impacts of BP Oil Spill (+video)
By Debbie Williams, WKRG TV (Mobile, Ala.). April 14, 2014.
“In February with the wind howling out of the north and a trip to the beach was less than appealing…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 14, 2014

April 14, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

BP oil spill choked off important pelican nesting sites on Louisiana coast
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. April 11, 2014.
“The immediate impact of the lost nesting sites is likely to be felt more by humans than the birds, said Melanie Driscoll, the National Audubon Society’s director of bird conservation for the Gulf Coast…” (read more

Mississippi Basin Water Quality Declining Despite Conservation
By Brian Clark Howard, National Geographic. April 11, 2014.
“U.S. federal scientists say water quality has declined in the massive Mississippi River Basin in recent years…” (read more)

Beach and Dune Projects Near Grand Isle & Fourchon Play Big Role in Restoring Barataria Basin
By Coastal Angler.  April 1, 2014.
“Simone Maloz, executive director of Restore or Retreat, a non-profit group that advocates for coastal restoration and hurricane protection efforts…” (read more)

GNO Inc. describes branding strategies for Pelicans parternship [sic]
By Jed Lipinski, The Times-Picayune. April 11, 2014.
“Members of the New Orleans Pelicans basketball team will soon be carried aloft in seaplanes to explore the dynamics of the Louisiana coast…” (read more)

On 4th anniversary of BP oil spill, questions linger about health impact (+video)
By David Hammer, WWL TV (New Orleans, La.). April 11, 2014.
“With the fourth anniversary of the BP oil spill just nine days away, there are still major questions about the spill’s human health effects…” (read more)

New Surge Barrier in New Orleans Wins Prestigious Engineering Award
By Business Wire. April 9, 2014.
“The Inner Harbor Navigation Canal Surge Barrier (IHNC) located in New Orleans, Louisiana, and which Ben C. Gerwick, Inc. designed…” (read more)

 

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 11, 2014

April 11, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

NWF: Barataria Bay still struggling 4 years after BP oil spill (+video)
By Paul Murphy, WWL TV. April 10, 2014.
“The BP oil spill is neither gone, nor forgotten along coastal Louisiana…” (read more)
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Nearly 4 years later, researchers gather data to realize full impact of Deepwater Horizon disaster (+video)
By Rachel Wulff, WDSU. April 10, 2014.
“As the four-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill approaches, researchers are beginning…” (read more)

Four years after BP disaster, erosion quickens along Gulf shore (+video)
By Amy Wold, The Advocate.  April 11, 2014.
“The boats that pulled up to a shoreline in Bay Jimmy on Thursday morning were still in water…” (read more)

Assessing the BP Spill, 4 Years later
By Rob Masson, WVUE (New Orleans, La.). April 10, 2014.
“Nearly four years after the BP oil spill, a coalition of environmental groups says the impacts are still being felt…” (read more)

Gulf Health: 4 Years After The Oil Spill (+audio)
By Eileen Fleming, WWNO (New Orleans, La.). April 10, 2014.
“As the four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, a leading environmental group is warning…” (read more)

Marking a somber milestone
Editorial by The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). April 9, 2014.
“It has been four years since the explosion aboard the Deepwater Horizon killed 11 oilfield workers…” (read more)

4 Years After BP Spill, Questions On Long-Term Health
By Kevin McGill, Associated Press. April 11, 2014.
“When a BP oil well began gushing crude into the Gulf of Mexico four years ago…” (read more)

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill at a Glance
By the Associated Press. April 11, 2014.
“April 20 marks the fourth anniversary of an explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig Deepwater Horizon…” (read more)

New Orleans Pelicans partner with GNO Inc. to boost awareness of coastal restoration
By Jed Lipinski, The Times-Picayune. April 9, 2014.
“Greater New Orleans, Inc. and the New Orleans Pelicans announced a partnership Wednesday…” (read more)

Louisiana getting $300,000 to fight feral swine, reducing damage to farms and wetlands (+video)
By Associated Press. April 9, 2014.
“The National Feral Swine Management Program is giving Louisiana $300,000 to help…” (read more)

 

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 9, 2014

April 9, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Wildlife in Gulf of Mexico still suffering four years after BP oil spill: report
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian. April 9, 2014.
“The BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico caused dangerous after-effects to more than a dozen different animals…” (read more)

Four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, wildlife still struggling
By Brook Hays, UPI. April 8, 2014.
“Roughly four years after BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded, spilling 200 million gallons of oil…” (read more)

Barrier islands are a priority
Editorial by The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). April 8,2014.
A vital project aimed at rebuilding barrier islands off the coast of Lafourche Parish has received $145 million…” (read more)

Terrebonne to discuss flood zone regulations
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier. April 7, 2014.
“The Terrebonne Parish Council is to consider ordinances this week that govern development in the parish…” (read more)

Laf. headland project receives another $144.6M
By Eric Besson, The Tri-Parish Times (Houma, La.). April 8, 2014.
“Nearly $144.6 million in oil-spill fines have been pledged to construct the second phase of the massive…” (read more)

The Economic Case for Restoring Coastal Ecosystems
By Michael Conathan, Jeffrey Buchanan, and Shiva Polefka, Center for American Progress. April 9, 2014.
“As America’s coastal cities expanded throughout the 19th century, the wetlands were often considered a nuisance…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 8, 2014

April 8, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Health of Gulf species suggests problems, raises questions almost four years after BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, report says
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. April 8, 2014.
“The health of bottlenose dolphins, predators at the top of the food chain in the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)

Diversions are part of the plan
Editorial by The Houma Courier (Houma, La.). April 7, 2014.
“The annual presentation of the state’s master coastal plan at the Legislature got a little more controversy…” (read more)

Architects chosen for downtown Water Campus
By Timothy Boone, The Advocate. April 7, 2014.
“Coleman Partners in Baton Rouge and global architecture firm Perkins+Will have been chosen to design…” (read more)

Parts of lakefront shoreline getting new look to stop erosion (+video)
By Bill Capo, WWL TV (New Orleans, La.). April 7, 2014.
“A strong north wind from the latest cold front sent waves crashing over the seawall along Lakeshore Drive…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 7, 2014

April 7, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Lafourche barrier island project receives $145 million from oil spill fines
By Keith Magill, The Houma Courier.
“About $145 million in fines from the 2010 Gulf oil spill will pay for a project that will restore barrier island beaches…” (read more)

Money an issue as Comite project drags on for decades
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. April 7, 2014.
“In March 2003, then-U.S. Rep. Richard Baker was watching the ceremonial start of a public works project…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 4, 2014

April 4, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

National Fish & Wildlife Foundation approves $144.5 million for Caminada beach restoration
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 3, 2014.
“The National Fish and Wildlife Foundation announced Thursday (April 3) that it has approved another $144.5 million…” (read more)

Caminada Headland project gets $144.5 million for second phase
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. April 4, 2014.
“An additional $144.5 million was provided to the state from the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation…” (read more)

$144.5M in spill fines to be used for La. Beach
By the Associated Press. April 3, 2014.
“The foundation overseeing use of fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill has approved $144.5 million…” (read more)

Senator Pushes for Estuaries and Wetlands Restoration
By Dredging Today. April 4, 2014.
“Restoring our nation’s estuary treasures and helping local communities address water infrastructure problems is essential…” (read more)

Entergy Urges U.S. Companies to Spend on Safety Amid Growing Weather-Related Risks, an Industrial Info News Alert
By Market Watch, Wall Street Journal. April 3, 2014.
“West noted that the economic consequences in heavily industrialized areas, such as the Gulf Coast, which is prone to hurricanes and an ever-diminishing wetlands area, are devastating to the entire U.S. economy…” (read more)

Deepwater Horizon disaster spurs research into underwater ecology
By Jon Marcus, Times Higher Education. April 3, 2014.
“Nearly 100 investigators and about 60 students and postdoctoral research associates are at work determining the extent of the damage…” (read more)

The City and the Sea
By Meera Subramanian, Orion Magazine. March/April 2014.
“The way forward will require an unlikely collaboration, not just between public institutions and citizens, but also between humans and the one player too often left outside, literally and figuratively: nature herself…” (read more)

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