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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 22, 2014

April 22, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

BP is refusing to pay for Gulf oil spill research
By Lindsay Abrams, Salon. April 21, 2014.
“Four years after the Deepwater Horizon Explosion, BP is making much of its commitment to clean up the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)

Deadlines, conferences set ahead of January trial to determine BP penalties in Gulf oil spill
By Kevin McGill, Associated Press. April 22, 2014.
“A federal court magistrate has issued a seven-page schedule of hearings, conferences and deadlines…” (read more)

Cost-benefit a factor in deciding best path to coastal restoration
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. April 22, 2014.
“A new study is asking policy makers to expand their thinking about the costs and benefits of two coastal restoration techniques…” (read more)

Rules proposed for BP fines
By Kelly Connelly, The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). April 19, 2014.
“Louisiana lawmakers are preparing for the rush of billions of dollars to state coffers…” (read more)

Federal agency plans June 5 report on BP spill
By the Associated Press. April 19, 2014.
“A federal agency looking into the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion says it plans to release…” (read more)

Researchers only 'scratching surface' of oil spill's long-term effects
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier (Houma, La.). April 19, 2014.
“Four years after more than 200 million gallons of Macondo oil began to leak into the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)

Centuries of sand to grow Mississippi Delta
By David Ruth, Phys.org. April 21, 2014.
“The wetlands of the Mississippi River Delta are slowly sinking and rapidly eroding, but new research from Rice University and the University of South Carolina…” (read more)

Four Years Later, a Sharp Divide on Gulf Oil Spill
By Mike Magner, National Journal. April 20, 2014.
“The state of the Gulf of Mexico four years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history is as unclear as a marsh soaked with petrochemicals…” (read more)

The 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill still haunts the New Orleans seafood industry
By Doug McCash, The Times-Picayune. April 18, 2014.
“New Orleans restaurateur Frank Brigtsen said that in some ways the effects of the deadly Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion in the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)

Fishermen Blame BP for Low Yield
By Allen Carter, WKRG (Baton Rouge, La.). April 21, 2014.
“Fishermen say times are tough on the water and four years after the oil spill some are pointing the finger at BP…” (read more)

Why There's More Trouble For Endangered Kemp's Ridley Turtle
By Eddie Robinson, Houston Public Media. April 21, 2014.
“The Kemp’s ridley turtle, primarily found in the Gulf of Mexico, is the world’s most endangered sea turtle. As its survival hangs in the balance…” (read more)

10 Animals Who Are Still Hurting From The BP Oil Spill
By Ellie Krupnick, The Huffington Post Green. April 20, 2014.
“It's been four years since BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in the Gulf of Mexico, killing 11 workers…” (read more)

Dolphin health research continues after BP oil spill
By the Associated Press. April 20, 2014.
“A south Florida man’s work is helping researchers better understand long-term damage to dolphins from the massive 2010 BP oil spill…” (read more)

Numbers on the board: The Gulf Coast, four years after the BP disaster
By Brentin Mock, Grist. April 22, 2014.
“The date of that disaster happens to coincide with Earth Week, which means millions of faithful environmentalists…” (read more)

Empire’s Daybrook Fisheries Fleet is Blessed Four Years After Oil Spill
By Tyler Wing, WGNO (New Orleans, La.). April 20, 2014.
“Blessing the Daybrook Fisheries fleet is a 19 year old tradition conducted the day before fishing season starts…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 21, 2014

April 21, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

The BP spill four years later
By David Yarnold, McClatchy News. April 21, 2014.
“Four years after the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, scientists are still trying to come to terms with the toll that the Deepwater Horizon…” (read more)

BP Oil spill four years later: Return to Barataria Bay and Cat Island
By Julia Kumari Drapkin, The Times-Picayune. April 18, 2014.
“When a crew of journalists and environmental groups studying the effects of the BP Deepwater Macondo oil spill…” (read more)

Kaderka: Deepwater Horizon disaster continues to harm environment
Opinion by Susan Kaderka, The Houston Chronicle. April 19, 2014.
“This week, as we mark the fourth anniversary of the April 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill…” (read more)

Evidence shows gulf wildlife continues to suffer 4 years after spill
By Chris Miller, WWL Radio (New Orleans, La.). April 19, 2014.
“Easter Sunday this weekend also happens to be the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion …” (read more)

4 years after spill, work far from over
Editorial by The Tampa Bay Times. April 18, 2014.
“The nation has made uneven progress in the four years since the BP/Deepwater Horizon oil drilling rig exploded…” (read more)

Mississippi River will carry enough sand needed to build new Louisiana wetlands for at least 600 years, new study says
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 20, 2014.
“The lower Mississippi River should carry enough sand during the next six centuries to supply the needs of sediment-capturing diversions…” (read more)

The Gulf of Mexico oil spill at a glance
By the Associated Press. April 18, 2014.
“April 20 marks the fourth anniversary of an explosion on the BP-operated drilling rig Deepwater Horizon…” (read more)

Final phase of BP oil spill trial scheduled for nearly two weeks in January
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. April 21, 2014.
“A federal judge has finalized the timeline for the last phase of the massive BP oil spill trial next year…” (read more)

Four Years Later, Full Effects of Deepwater Horizon Still Unknown
By Cindy Shogan, The Huffington Post Green. April 17, 2014.
“On April 20, 2010, the largest environmental disaster occurred in our country…” (read more)

Deepwater Horizon four years later: A video retrospective
By Dennis Pillion, AL.com. April 18, 2014.
“This Sunday marks the four-year anniversary of the explosion and fire on the Deepwater Horizon offshore oil platform…” (read more)

Four Years Later, BP Oil Spill Still Taking A Toll On Gulf Fisherman: 'We Haven't Started To Recover'
By Nick Visser, The Huffington Post Green. April 20, 2014.
“The BP oil spill, often called the worst man-made environmental disaster of our time, first began four years ago today…” (read more)

Search for oil from 2010 spill scaled back but not over
By Xerxes Wilson and Jason Batte, The Houma Courier (Houma, La.). April 19, 2014.
“For the first time in four years, all was quiet last week on the island beaches off southern Lafourche Parish…” (read more)

4 Years After Spill Dauphin Island Still Recovering (+video)
By Allen Carter, WKRG. April 19, 2014.
“Sunday will mark the four year anniversary since Deepwater Horizon exploded in the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)

Baldwin County Four Years After The BP Oil Spill
By Pat Peterson, WKRG TV (Ala.). April 20, 2014.
“In the spring and summer of 2010, Baldwin County's beaches looked like a war zone…” (read more)

Southeast Louisiana coastal restoration, hurricane protection are new, booming 'water management' economic sector, Data Center says
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. April 20, 2014.
“Southeast Louisiana’s economy, long dependent on the oil and gas, shipping and tourism industries…” (read more)

Gulf Coast residents moving inland, more commuting to jobs
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. April 20, 2014.
“A new report confirms what anyone trying to get through Belle Chasse in the early morning…” (read more)

People leaving Louisiana's vanishing coast behind
By the Associated Press. April 20, 2014.
“A new report says commuting statistics indicate that coastal parishes are losing residents because of coastal erosion…” (read more)

Telltale Rainbow Sheens Reveal Thousands Of Unreported Oil Spills In The Gulf
By Bob Marshall, WWNO (New Orleans, La.). April 20, 2014.
“Jonathan Henderson of New Orleans-based Gulf Restoration Network is flying Louisiana's coast looking for oil. As usual, he's found some…” (read more)

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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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