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Louisiana’s Moonshot: An Interview with Environmental Reporter Bob Marshall (audio)
By Jesse Hardman, WWNO. Dec. 17, 2014.
“It's really an historic mission, to steal a phrase from Star Trek, boldly going where no coastal scientists and engineers have ever gone before….” (Read more )
SWLA and Southeast Texas join forces to restore coast
By Theresa Schmidt, KPLC TV. Dec. 17, 2014.
“Southwest Louisiana and Southeast Texas are joining forces to fight to save the coast and wetlands of the Chenier plain…” (Read more )
Coastal Report Examines Role of Private Funds for Restoration
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson, WWNO. Dec. 17, 2014.
“Coastal experts have met on Louisiana’s Avery Island to discuss the potential of private investment money to help restore and sustain the Gulf Coast…” (Read more )
NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program issues funding call for Gulf projects
NOAA. Dec. 17, 2014.
“First federal funding opportunity opens competition for up to $2.5 million in grant support…” (Read more )
Coastal Rundown: Louisiana RESTORE Project Proposals
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson, WWNO. Dec. 17, 2014.
“The projects include creation of marshes adjacent to the Lower Ninth Ward, New Orleans East, Lake Maurepas and Biloxi, and money for consolidated management of the Mississippi River.” (Read more )
For the first time since BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, portion of water around Grand Isle reopened
By AP, The Advocate. Dec. 17, 2014.
“Commercial fishermen are once again harvesting Gulf seafood off the coasts of Elmer's and Grand Terre islands, an area that's been closed due to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill…” (Read more )
Commentary: Keep holding BP’s foot to the fire (Video)
By Clancy DuBos, WWLTV. Dec. 16, 2014.
“The reopening of commercial fishing areas near Grand Isle is good news to Louisiana’s seafood industry, but it’s also a stark reminder about the long-term impact of the BP oil spill…” (Read more )
The Plan to Save Louisiana’s Wetlands
By Chris Peak, NationSwell. Dec. 14, 2014.
“Two thousand square miles of wetlands have already been submerged in the Gulf of Mexico, and the state’s shoreline is receding quicker than anywhere else on Earth…” (Read more )
Got an idea to help save La.’s coast?
By Jonathan Olivier, DailyComet. Dec. 15, 2014.
“The state and a wetlands research group are looking for research and innovative ideas to help save Louisiana’s eroding coast…” (Read more )
Opinion: Coastal restoration needs energy support now
By the Editorial Board, New Orleans CityBusiness. Dec. 12, 2014.
"Environmentalists and the energy sector typically don’t see eye to eye. Call it an oil-and-water relationship. But this week, the former took a stance that merits the support of the latter. Although it comes at the expense of a major player in oil and gas, their suggestions will help ensure the long-term prospect of the industry in south Louisiana…" (read more).
Post-BP Plans For Gulf Coast Restoration
By David Martin Davies, Texas Public Radio. Dec. 12, 2014.
"It’s been over 4 years since the Deepwater Horizon explosion and BP oil spill. The underwater gusher pumped crude into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days and is considered the worst maritime oil disaster in history. The US Government estimated the total discharge at 5 million barrels. But that number is uncertain and there are some reports that the well site continues to leak oil into the Gulf…" (read more).
Planning for future battles
By the Editorial Board, The Daily Comet (Thibodaux, La.). Dec. 14, 2014.
"At least one environmental group is recommending a set of local projects in the wake of the 2010 BP oil spill. The local work is among a set of projects the National Wildlife Federation is suggesting to be paid for with BP fine money…" (read more).
James Gill: Restoration races against time
By James Gill, The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Dec. 14, 2014.
"Louisiana’s $50 billion coastal restoration plan comes with two slight problems. It is not guaranteed to work, and we don’t have the $50 billion…" (read more).
Proposals being taken for coastal programs
By The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Dec. 14, 2014.
"The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, in collaboration with The Water Institute of the Gulf, is accepting submissions for its Applied Research and Coastal Innovation programs…" (read more).
Federal council faces tough choices on Gulf oil spill ecosystem restoration projects
By Dennis Pillion, al.com. Dec. 12, 2014.
"A great blue heron flies past the large window of a conference room in the 5 Rivers Delta Center in Spanish Fort, flapping its wings majestically and probably emitting a loud squawk at some perceived threat as it finds its next perch along the Blakeley River…" (read more).
Reporting From the Youngest Land in the World
By Al Shaw, ProPublica. Dec. 13, 2014.
"On October 13, we stepped off a boat in the middle of the Mississippi River Delta onto brand new land. The ground, about six months old, was a bit squishy but it held firm under our boots. It was put there by engineers working on a quixotic project to save Southeast Louisiana, which is sinking into the Gulf of Mexico at a rate of about a football-field every hour…" (read more).
Tête-à-Tête: Margaret Brown On The Factory Under The Gulf Of Mexico
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson, WWNO (New Orleans). Dec. 15, 2014.
"Margaret Brown directed and co-produced "The Great Invisible", a new documentary about the 2010 BP Oil Spill that won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2014 South by Southwest film festival…" (read more).
Storm surge risks will be easier to understand with new Hurricane Center maps: Editorial
By the Editorial Board, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Dec. 13, 2014.
"Ann George and Augustus "Gus" Saunders thought they would be safe in their Braithwaite home during Hurricane Isaac, which had Category 1 winds. But the slow-moving storm carried a wall of water with it that swamped their Plaquemines Parish community, and the couple drowned…" (read more).
Will Louisiana’s plan to stay afloat be worth it?
By Marissa Hall, Shale Plays Media. Dec. 15, 2014.
"Approximately a football field-sized piece of Louisiana land is reclaimed by the Gulf of Mexico every 38 minutes, resulting in the loss of up to 35 square miles of wetlands each year. Some even argue that the state should redraw its map to account for the drastic changes in the state’s landscape. And while Louisiana has a long-term plan to keep itself afloat, many are wondering if that plan to save the coast can even work…" (read more).
National Wildlife Federation recommends 5 Alabama projects for oil spill restoration funding
By Dennis Pillion, al.com. Dec. 11, 2014.
“In a report released this week the National Wildlife Federation recommended oyster reef creation, land acquisition and watershed restoration among Alabama-based projects that should be given priority as federal and state officials begin dividing up fine money collected from BP and other companies involved in the Deepwater Horizon oil spill…” (read more).
Plaquemines Parish Council postpones vote on coal export terminal's building permit
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Dec. 11, 2014.
"The Plaquemines Parish Council on Thursday postponed a vote on the building permit for the controversial RAM Terminals LLC coal export facility on the west bank of the Mississippi River…" (read more).
Scientific American's report on Louisiana coastal restoration is somber and depressing
By Alejandro De Los Rios, Gambit (New Orleans). Dec. 11, 2014.
"If you've been having a really good week and would like a downer to bring you back to earth, head over to Scientific American for the second story in a two-part series on Louisiana's vanishing coastline. The piece is written in collaboration with The Lens, ProPublica and Knight-Mozilla OpenNews and follows up on the the even more depressing first story written in August…" (read more).
The Last Southern Democratic Senator Gave Her Farewell Speech
By Denver Nicks. TIME. Dec. 11, 2014.
"Departing Democratic Senator Mary Landrieu promised to spend her retirement from politics working to repair the environmentally degraded Gulf Coast Thursday in an emotional farewell speech delivered from the Senate floor. “It is something worth fighting for,” she said. “We would not be a country without the Mississippi Delta.”…" (read more).
'The Great Invisible' movie review: Deepwater Horizon doc focus on the human toll of the BP oil spill
By Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Dec. 11, 2014.
"We've all seen the images — the fireball in the Gulf, the rivers of oil atop the waves, the listless birds coated in pitch-black crude, the fouled coastline. If you were anywhere near New Orleans at the time, you may have smelled it, too — the acrid scent of petroleum wafting in from some 40 miles off the Louisiana coast…" (read more).
National Hurricane Center unveils new storm surge watch, warning maps
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Dec. 11, 2014.
"The National Hurricane Center took the next step towards creating separate hurricane storm surge warning messages on Thursday, releasing an example of new color storm surge watch and warning maps to be used on an experimental basis in the 2015 hurricane season…" (read more).
Mary Landrieu speaks personally in farewell address, telling colleagues she knows she 'aggravated' them advocating for her state
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Dec. 11, 2014.
"In a remarkably personal farewell speech, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., reflected on her 18-year Senate career, recalling how she "aggravated to death" colleagues in fights for Katrina assistance and how her Christian faith helped her deal with losing her seat in last Saturday's election."…" (read more).
National conservation coalition brings unified vision to Louisiana coastal restoration
By Kate Archer Kent, Red River Radio (Shreveport, La.). Dec. 10, 2014.
"A coalition of national environmental groups says the billions of dollars expected from the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill penalties should go toward rapidly rebuilding Louisiana’s coastline…" (read more).
Solutions for Mississippi River Delta
By DredgingToday.com. Dec. 11, 2014.
"A coalition of environmental groups on Tuesday released a report outlining 19 priority projects for restoring the Mississippi River Delta following the 2010 Gulf oil disaster…" (read more).
Spend It Wisely: Restoration Dollars for the Gulf of Mexico
By Public News Service. Dec. 10, 2014.
"How should the windfall of billions be spent that will be available to Gulf states such as Florida as a result of the Deepwater Horizon spill? According to a report released today by the National Wildlife Federation, the answer is to get to the heart of the water source…" (read more).
Environmental groups outline 19 La. projects for RESTORE funding (part 2 of 2)
By Laurie Wiegler, Examiner.com. Dec. 10, 2014.
"Yesterday, Dec. 9 the Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation and the National Audubon Society jointly put out a report detailing the programs they urge the RESTORE Council to fund. Earlier this month, the RESTORE Council released a list of projects of interest…" (read more).
Feds boost liability cap for oil spills
By Jennifer A. Dlouhy, Fuel Fix (Houston). Dec. 11, 2014.
"Four years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster dramatically illustrated the high price tag of cleaning up oil spills, the Obama administration hiked the amount of money companies must pay after the incidents…" (read more).
The Plan to Save Louisiana's Coast Is a 'Moon Shot'
By Marissa Fessenden, Smithsonian.com. Dec. 10, 2014.
"Saving Louisiana's critical wetland habitat—threatened by the rising seas of climate change and carved away by our quest for oil and gas—is an endeavor of enormous scope. Bob Marshall, in ProPublica's investigation into the expensive and ambitious plan, writes:…" (read more).
LOUISIANA BARRIER ISLAND RESTORATION PROJECT BEGINS
By Kevin Wilcox, Civil Engineering magazine. Dec. 9, 2014.
"Field investigation work is under way on a coastal restoration project southwest of New Orleans to rebuild East Timbalier Island, part of a barrier island chain that separates Terrebonne and Timbalier bays from the Gulf of Mexico. These islands — and the crucial role they play in dissipating storm surges — came into sharp focus in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina…" (read more).
The Plan To Save Louisiana's Coast Costs More Than The Manhattan Project
By Sarah Zhang, Gizmodo.com. Dec. 9, 2014.
"Louisiana is sinking, faster than you might think. Every hour, it loses more than a football field-sized chunk of land to the ocean. Or, to use ProPublica’s more evocative words, it’s like “a layer cake made of Jell-O, floating in a swirling Jacuzzi of steadily warming, rising water.” To save its disintegrating coastline, Louisiana will need a “moon shot” plan and somehow come up with $US50 billion…" (read more).
Hurricane center: New warnings on storm surge
By the Associated Press. Dec. 11, 2014.
"If tropical weather approaches the U.S. next year, coastal residents will see new, separate warnings about storm surge in addition to those about winds, the National Hurricane Center said Thursday…" (read more).
Louisiana restoration projects should get top priority with BP oil spill fine money, environmental groups say
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Dec. 9, 2014.
“Rebuilding Louisiana's coast, including the rapidly eroding Mississippi River delta, should be the main use of billions of dollars in expected BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill fine and restoration money…”(Read more)
By David Yarnold, President, National Audubon Society, Huffington Post. Dec. 9, 2014.
“It's not just Louisiana's people, economy, culture and wildlife that are at risk. The Mississippi River Delta is connected to a vast network of waterways throughout the heartland of America, contributing tens of billions of dollars to our national economy…”(Read more)
Environmental groups offer suggestions on spending BP money to rebuild coast
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Dec. 10, 2014.
“The 19 projects included in the coalition’s report are ones the groups believe can be done on a short time frame and have a large cumulative impact.”(Read more)
Environmental groups outline 19 La. Projects for RESTORE funding (part 1 of 2)
By Laurie Wiegler, Examiner. Dec. 9, 2014.
“Environmental groups hope to increase storm surge protection for Louisiana, divert sediment from the Mississippi River, restore barrier islands and marine and wildlife habitats and more.”(Read more)
Environmental groups recommend work to restore coast after oil spill
By Jonathan Olivier, Houma Courier. Dec. 9, 2014.
“We can't undo what was done, but we can make sure that every penny flowing from the disaster is spent on scientifically-sound restoration efforts.”(Read more)
Louisiana has ambitious $50B plan to fight wetlands erosion, but will it work?
By Bob Marshall, Brian Jacobs and Al Shaw, The Lens and Probublica. Dec. 9, 2014.
“If nothing is done, in 70 years New Orleans could be left on a razor-thin sliver of land extending into the open Gulf, battered by storms rolling over the watery graves of unprotected communities.”(Read more)
Legal experts: BP’s failed U.S. Supreme Court appeal sends ‘clear signal,’ sets tone for future disputes
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Dec. 8, 2014.
“The basis for the position they've taken for a couple of years now is no longer a valid position legally.” (Read more )
Jefferson Parish Council to ask U.S. Treasury for $400,000 to develop Restore Act project plan
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Dec. 8, 2014.
“The Jefferson Parish Council plans to vote Wednesday on a resolution asking the U.S. Treasury for $400,000 to develop a multi-year plan of projects to be built with what could be tens of millions of dollars in BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster fine money.” (Read more )
BP oil spill: The disaster that keeps killing
By Maryann Tobin, Allvoices. Dec. 9, 2014.
“Despite continuing television commercials singing the praises of BP and all the company claims to have done to help the Gulf of Mexico recover from the worst oil spill in US history, the damage remains…” (Read more )
Losing Ground – Louisiana’s Moon Shot
By Bob Marshall, The Lens, Al Shaw and Brian Jacobs, ProPublica. Dec. 8, 2014.
“Over the last 80 years, Louisiana’s coast has been starved of sediment by river levees and eviscerated by canals dredged for oil and gas extraction. Now, southeastern Louisiana is sinking at one of the fastest rates on the planet as the Gulf is rising.” (Read more )
Muck mined from Calcasieu Ship Channel rebuilding marshes
By Richard Burgess, The Advocate. Dec. 8, 2014.
“The goal of the Sabine Refuse Marsh Creation project is the restore some of the tens of thousands of acres of southwest Louisiana marsh lost to open water.” (Read more )
Diversions could be our best hope
Editorial, Houma Courier. Dec. 6, 2014.
“Diverting freshwater from the Mississippi and other rivers into Louisiana’s coastal marshes is controversial and expensive…but it may be one of our most promising tools for coastal restoration.” (Read more )
Studies try to place a value on La’s coast
By Xerxes Wilson, Houma Courier. Dec. 4, 2014.
“The ability to combine scientific data with social and economic data will allow for a greater understanding about how communities along the coast have been so resilient…..” (read more )
Climate change: Protect the world’s deltas
By Liviu Giosan, James Syvitski, Stefan Constantinescu, Nature. Dec. 3, 2014.
“Starved of sediment and fragmented by economic development, the Mississippi delta downstream is shrinking by thousands of hectares per year…” (read more )