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Latest Mississippi River Delta News:Feb. 26, 2015

February 26, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

The ins and outs of state budget cuts on coastal protection and restoration
*Features Steve Cochran, EDF
By Jesse Hardman, WWNO, Feb. 25, 2015
“Cochran talked about how he initially reacted to the news that the CPRA would lose some funding, "something as central, to the overall protection of our coastline of our people who live here and the economies that are necessary, just simply shouldn't be cut.” (Read More)

BP cries foul as judge allows inflation adjustment in Deepwater Horizon case that could total more than $4 billion
By Kyle Barnett, Louisiana Record. Feb. 25, 2015
“With the penalty phase of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill case complete, BP has called foul as the judge accepted an inflation adjustment to the potential per-barrel fine that may see the maximum penalty increase by more than $4 billion above the statutory limit.” (Read More)

Big Idea nominee ORA Estuaries: saving the coast with oysters
The Times-Picayune, Feb. 24, 2015
“New Orleans Entrepreneur Week's Big Idea 2015 nominee ORA Estuaries "uses the OysterBreak to grow oyster reefs into living coastal protection infrastructure for global coastal communities.” (Read More)

Cassidy argues against proposal to share royalties
By Aaron Gordon, Houma Courier. Feb. 25, 2015
“I don't know how the administration has gotten at this goal. I will point out that the Gulf Coast states and the offshore waters have over the last few decades produced billions of barrels of oil, trillions of cubic feet (of natural gas), but with that there is a cost associated. And for us to support this infrastructure, we need to rebuild our coastline…” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Feb. 25, 2015

February 25, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Bill Cassidy fights to retain Mary Landrieu’s revenue sharing legislation
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 24, 2015
“Plaquemines Parish which has lost this much land, now can no longer protect itself with wetlands from that surge. In the upper corner is the FEMA director looking at the flooded area in St. Tammany Parish," he said. "This is all Plaquemines Parish. Those are working families, working in an industry that literally fuels the rest of our country. And they are relying upon this revenue to rebuild this land so that they can continue to live there.” (Read More)
BP challenges ruling over size of 2010 oil spill
*Photo features Amanda Moore, NWF
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 24, 2015
“BP is challenging a January ruling over the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill as it seeks to lower its civil penalty for the disaster. BP faces up to $13.7 billion in federal fines.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Feb. 24, 2015

February 24, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

BP appeal U.S. judge’s ruling on size of Gulf oil spill
Reuters. Feb. 23, 2015
“BP Plc on Monday appealed a federal judge's finding of the size of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, which leaves the company potentially liable to pay $13.7 billion in fines.” (Read More)
Scalise hails judge’s rejection of BP bid to reduce fines
Ripon Advance Reports. Feb. 24, 2015
“After nearly five years since the Deepwater Horizon disaster, it is time for the Clean Water Act fines to be settled so that RESTORE Act funds can be used to rehabilitate Louisiana’s coast from the devastating impacts of the spill,” Scalise said. “Judge Barbier’s court ruling is a victory for Louisiana’s recovery from that tragedy, as well as the rest of the Gulf Coast states. Five years is far too long for the people of Louisiana to wait to preserve and restore our coastal wetlands.” (Read More)
BP statement on restitution for Deepwater Horizon oil spill
MSNBC. Feb. 23, 2015
“No company has done more to respond to an industrial accident, and we are extremely proud of our economic and environmental restoration work.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Feb. 23, 2015

February 23, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Formation of new land in one area of La. Coastline spurs hope
*Features Theryn Henkel, LPBF
By Meg Farris, WWLTV. Feb. 20, 2015
“Without rebuilding the land, storm damage hurts us all. It hurts our levee system. It hurts our infrastructure. It hurts our economy. It hurts our fisheries. It hurts all the things that make New Orleans, New Orleans.” (Read More)
Gulf Coast lawmakers fighting plan to redirect offshore oil revenue
By Deborah Barfield Berry, USA Today. Feb. 20, 2015
“Louisiana and Mississippi lawmakers are discussing plans to send a joint letter to Obama opposing the plan. Sen. Bill Cassidy, R-Baton Rouge, also plans to question Interior Secretary Sally Jewell about the proposal when the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee holds a hearing on the agency’s fiscal 2016 budget on Tuesday.” (Read More)
Louisiana gaining new land off the Gulf coast
By Don Ames, WWL. Feb. 20, 2015
“If we start diverting significant portions of the water and sediment from the main channel of the Mississippi River into adjacent wetlands, lakes and bays…as happens now in Atchafalaya Bay…we'll be taking an important first step toward saving a significant part of Louisiana's coastal plain.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Feb. 20, 2015

February 20, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Federal judge rejects BP bid to lower $13.7 billion oil spill fine
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 19, 2015
“A federal judge in New Orleans has rejected BP's effort to cap its fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill at $9.57 billion, nearly one-third lower than the penalty federal prosecutors are seeking.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Feb. 19, 2015

February 19, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Small Louisiana town still feels the effects of the spill (Video)
The ED Show, MSNBC. Feb. 19, 2015
“Communities along the Gulf Coast were changed forever following the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill. To this day, towns along the Gulf Coast are still trying to rebuild their lives after the disaster. In part three of the five part series, Ed examines how the oil spill destroyed a town on the Louisiana coast and how it is still fighting to this day to have BP make things right.” (Read More)

BP oil spill altered soil microbes on gulf beach
By Geoffrey Mohan, Los Angeles Times. Feb. 19, 2015
“Microbes in beach sand apparently gobbled up a lot of oil washed ashore from the 2010 BP oil spill, but that assault altered the microbial population, leaving it less functionally diverse, according to a new study.” (Read More)
Is Louisiana delta growth giving hope to state’s coastline?
By Marissa Hall, Shale Plays Media. Feb. 19, 2015
“Two deltas in Atchafalaya Bay have exhibited phenomenal growth over the last 30 years, and the scientific community is hoping they will provide some hints on how to save Louisiana’s boot from disappearing.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Feb. 18, 2015

February 18, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Studies: BP spill reduced Gulf life
By Harvey Rice, Houston Chronicle. Feb. 16, 2015
“Oil from the Deepwater Horizon blowout in 2010 may have created a vast zone on the Gulf of Mexico floor where marine life is much sparser than before toxic petroleum settled there, according to studies presented Monday at a Houston conference on the BP oil spill.” (Read More)

15 coastal projects approved by Congree in 2007 met different fates
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. Feb. 18, 2015
“Despite giving the corps’ the go-ahead in concept, Congress has not sent a single penny to build those projects. The corps lists 11 of the 15 as “suspended by the state.” Three others were “never initiated,’ according to corps documents. Yet somehow Louisiana, one of the poorest states in the nation, is moving forward on some of the projects with total costs pushing $1 billion.” (Read More)

BP cherry-picks study to dodge blame for massive deaths of gulf dolphins
By Michael Hiltzik, Los Angeles Times. Feb. 16, 2015
“In the years since its Deepwater Horizon oil spill befouled huge stretches of the Gulf of Mexico, oil giant BP has honed its skill at cherry-picking scientific studies to duck responsibility for the spill's environmental impacts.” (Read More)

5 years after the spill: The environmental impact (Video)
The ED Show, MSNBC. Feb. 18, 2015
“The lasting and unending impact of the Deepwater Horizon BP Oil Spill disaster on the environment is often forgotten. In part two, Ed Schultz takes time to examine what locals on the Gulf Coast are finding every day in the environment. Ed also talks with health experts about what they are seeing about the health effects of the spill that are only coming to light today.” (Read More)

Promised coastal dollars may be reconsidered
By Sue Lincoln, WWNO. Feb. 16, 2015
“I can assure you that we’re going to be working very closely with our congressional delegation,” Kline states. “I know that there’s a former chairman of this board who’s probably chomping at the bit up there in D.C., to have this discussion.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Feb. 13, 2015

February 13, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Jindal administration shouldn’t raid coastal trust fund to patch budget: Editorial
By The Editorial Board, Times-Picayune. Feb. 13, 2015
“It is significant because it breaks the state's practice of truly protecting the Coastal Fund from diversions that boost the state general operating budget. The fund sweep would demonstrate that Louisiana is now willing to cross the line to misspend precious, dedicated coastal resources when the budget-going gets tough.” (Read More)

Louisiana’s threatened coast is growing patches of new land
By John Metcalfe, City Lab. Feb. 12, 2015
“Louisiana's coastline is shrinking into nothingness. The erection of levees and industrial ruination—not to mention subsidence and the fastest rate of rising sea levels in the world—have submerged vast chunks of land, with about 16 square miles now going underwater every year. But in certain places dry land is increasing. And that fact has people wondering if they can at least partially reverse the deterioration of the coast in time for the extreme challenges of climate change.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Feb. 12, 2015

February 12, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Louisiana coast authority recommends spending $32 million of oil spill fine money on Houma lock, Calcasieu River salinity control projects
By Mark Schleifstein, Times-Picayune. Feb. 11, 2015
“The project is aimed at restoring historic salinity levels in the basin and will be designed to save more than 3,400 acres of marsh from degradation over 50 years.” (Read More)
Jefferson Parish Council calls for study of Plaquemines coal terminal
By Adriane Quinlan, Times-Picayune. Feb. 11, 2015
“Environment advocates say it would harm a continuing coastal restoration project, the Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion, as well as residents who live near rail lines in West Jefferson.” (Read More)
Ed Schultz Exposes BP’s Toxic Impact on Gulf Coast Residents
By Farron Cousins, Ring of Fire. Feb. 11, 2015
“Residents along the Gulf Coast are approaching an unpleasant anniversary – The 5-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon oilrig disaster and spill. Soon after that April anniversary, we’ll hit another 5-year reminder of the day that almost all of mainstream media hosts stopped paying attention to the destruction that BP caused to the Gulf Coast.” (Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Feb. 11, 2015

February 11, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Growing Deltas in Atchafalaya Bay
By Adam Voiland, Earth Observatory. Feb. 09, 2015
“If we start diverting significant portions of the water and sediment from the main channel of the Mississippi River into adjacent wetlands, lakes, and bays—as happens now in Atchafalaya Bay—we’ll be taking an important first step toward saving a significant part of Louisiana’s coastal plain.” (Read More)

Crude Awakening: HBO report on the lasting effects of the BP oil spill (Video)
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Coastal authority could make decision on sediment diversion construction by year’s end
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 09, 2015
“Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority could take a vote by the end of 2015 on whether to move forward with plans to build and operate a major diversion of Mississippi River sediment and water to rebuild wetlands on both sides of the river, authority Executive Director Kyle Graham said Monday.” (Read More)
Coastal protection chairman expresses support for Morganza project
By Aaren Gordon, Houma Today. Feb. 10, 2015
“The newly appointed state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority chairman Tuesday reassured the South Central Industrial Association about state support for the Morganza-to-the-Gulf levee project despite the agency’s change in leadership.” (Read More)
Mud Fight: Study aims to answer questions about impact of river diversions
By John Snell, WVUE-Fox 8. Feb. 09, 2015
“There are going to be impacts," said Jerome Zeringue, who left his job last week as chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. "We don't deny the fact that there are shifts, but there are shifts that occur without doing anything.” (Read More)


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