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Local projects vie for coastal money
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier (Houma, La.). March 8, 2014.
“Eight local wetland restoration projects are in the running for federal money this year…” (read more)
Use of coastal fund is at center of state budget debate
By Kelly Connelly, The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). March 8, 2014.
“A state lawmaker is set to propose changes that aim to ensure Louisiana’s coastal restoration…” (read more)
New grant to help with land loss research
By Renee Barrow, The Daily Reveille (LSU, Baton Rouge, La.). March 6, 2014.
“Last week, the University’s Coastal Sustainability Studio received a two year, $200,000 climate change grant…” (read more)
'The Great Invisible,' Mobile native's documentary on Deepwater Horizon disaster, to premiere at SXSW
By Lawrence Specker, AL.com. March 6, 2014.
“Mobile native Margaret Brown, the filmmaker best known for her Mardi Gras documentary…” (read more)
New Orleans Pelicans, Audubon Nature Institute Announce Partnership to Preserve Louisiana’s Coast And Wetlands
From Digital Journal. March 7, 2014.
“The New Orleans Pelicans and the Audubon Nature Institute announced today that they are teaming up…” (read more)
'SPILL,' play inspired by Deepwater Horizon, premieres at LSU's Reilly Theatre
By Chelsea Brasted, The Times-Picayune. March 7, 2014.
“When the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon occurred, pumping huge amounts of oil into the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)
CWPPRA nominates 18 area coastal projects
By Eric Besson, The Tri-Parish Times. March 5, 2014.
“Eight coastal projects from the Barataria and Terrebonne basins were among the 18 nominated for further evaluation…” (read more)
First Look at Trailer and Poster for 'The Great Invisible'—Plus Interview With Director Margaret Brown
By Salvatore Cardoni, Take Part. March 5, 2014.
“The BP oil spill documentary premieres March 9 at the South by Southwest Film Festival. When Deepwater Horizon, the Transocean-owned, BP-operated oil drilling rig, exploded 50 miles off the Louisiana coast…” (read more)
Louisiana's Coastline Is Disappearing Too Quickly for Mappers To Keep Up
By Stephanie Garlock, The Atlantic Cities. March 4, 2014.
“Twenty-five years ago, miles of marshy land and grasses separated the small fishing outpost of Buras, Louisiana, from the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)
Federal money sought for Leeville restoration work
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier (Houma, La.). March 5, 2014.
“A coastal restoration project aimed at an area of south Lafourche outside the levees is seeking federal support…” (read more)
2 years later, Congress poised to undo flood law
By Matthew Daly, Associated Press. March 4, 2014.
“Less than two years after Congress approved a landmark bill to overhaul the federal flood insurance program…” (read more)
The Gulf Oil cleanup still isn’t over: 1,250-pound tar mat washes ashore in Florida
By Lindsay Abrams, Salon. March 3, 2014.
“An important reminder that these things never really go away: four years after the Deepwater Horizon…” (read more)
Dolphins exposed to Deepwater Horizon oil spill had more health problems than others
By Jason Goldman, The Washington Post. March 3, 2014.
“Researchers studying sea life in the aftermath of the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)
Book explores energy industry’s role in Louisiana’s wetlands loss
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier (Houma, La.). March 3, 2014.
“With the oil and gas industry battling government over damaged to wetlands claimed to be caused…” (read more)
In New Orleans courts, the legal gusher BP cannot contain
By Steven Mufson, The Washington Post. Feb. 28, 2014.
“After a blowout at its Macondo exploration well killed 11 workers, set fire to the Deepwater Horizon…” (read more)
Tar Mat Produces Half Ton of BP Oil (+video)
By Debbie Williams, WKRG (Mobile, Ala.). Feb. 28, 2014.
“The turquoise waters of the Gulf of Mexico wash ashore on part of the Gulf Island National Seashore near Fort Pickens…” (read more)
Coast Guard, BP contractors remove 1,250 pounds of oily material near Fort Pickens
By Dennis Pillion, AL.com. Feb. 28, 2014.
“On Thursday, approximately 1,250 pounds of oily material was removed from a beach area near Fort Pickens…” (read more)
USF study: Diseased fish show dissolved oil from BP spill as far south as Sanibel
By Craig Pittman, The Tampa Bay Times (Tampa Bay, Fla.). Feb. 28, 2014.
“Dissolved oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill off Louisiana wafted underwater all the way down to Florida's Sanibel Island…” (read more)
Sportsmen Need to Get Involved in Chesapeake Bay Cleanup Battle
By Bob Marshall, Field & Stream. Feb. 27, 2014.
“If this [cleanup] is left to stand,” they argued in their joint amicus brief filed in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 3rd Circuit, “other watersheds, including the Mississippi River Basin, could be next.” Imagine that…” (read more)
Scientists stress need to address uncertainties around sediment diversions
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. Feb. 27, 2014.
“The first report by an expert scientific panel convened to answer questions about using river sediment diversions to rebuild the coast focuses on a central issue…” (read more)
Bobby Jindal says Louisiana's growth has outpaced the nation's since the recession
By Politifact, The Tampa Bay Times. Feb. 27, 2014.
"Louisiana's economy is highly dependent on the energy sector which, no matter where in the business cycle we lie, is always in demand…” (read more)
New sentence date for ex-BP engineer
By Associated Press. Feb. 28, 2014.
“Sentencing for a former BP engineer found guilty of obstructing justice in the government's investigation of the Deepwater Horizon disaster…” (read more)
Live chat Thursday: What should be done to rebuild the Louisiana coast?
By Steve Myers, The Lens. Feb. 26, 2014.
“This week, The Lens published columns with opposing views about how to rebuild the sinking Louisiana coast…” (read more)
Panel provides guidance to state in water diversion projects
By Amy Wold, Feb. 27, 2014.
“An expert panel on diversions gave their first set of recommendations to the state’s Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Wednesday…” (read more)
80 percent of oil removed from Gulf after 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill (+video)
By WAFB TV (Baton Rouge, La.). Feb. 26, 2014.
“…"We've had discussions with BP and the Coast Guard about what we want and need. We've made requests but have not received anything," said Alyson Graugnard, Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority.” (read more)
Study: Huge wind turbine farm could cut hurricane wind and storm surge damage
By Carol Christian, Feb. 26, 2014.
“Research from Stanford University in California holds out hope for hurricane protection that's better and cheaper than a seawall…” (read more)
Overhaul Of A FEMA Program Has Homeowners Calling Congress (+audio)
By Ailsa Change, NPR. Feb. 27, 2014.
“The House is expected to vote as early as next week to partially repeal a law that passed less than two years ago…” (read more)
Former BP executive's oil spill trial delayed; accused of lying to Congress in 2010
By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press. Feb. 26, 2014.
“A federal judge has indefinitely delayed the trial of a former BP executive accused of lying…” (read more)
Get the science right: Diverting river sediment is key to saving the coast
Opinion, By David Muth, The Lens. Feb. 26, 2014.
“The Mississippi is certainly not our grandfather’s, or even our great-great grandmother’s river…” (read more)
Louisiana coastal restoration board approves $725 million 2015 budget for levees and restoration work
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 26, 2014.
“Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday approved a $725 million plan for fiscal year 2015 that includes $477 million for construction of levees and coastal restoration projects…” (read more)
By Katy Reckdahl, The Weather Channel. Feb. 25, 2014.
"Because of a slow-moving disaster caused by sinking land, climate change and oil exploration, Louisiana’s coastal families must choose…” (read more)
'Strip the City,' from Discovery Science, visits New Orleans
By Dave Walker, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 25, 2014.
"The Wednesday (Feb. 26) episode of “Strip the City,” airing at 9 p.m. on Discovery’s Science channel, rips the lid off the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in the service of exploring New Orleans’ infrastructure….” (read more)
Mississippi spill highlights risk of US oil boom
By Bryan Wingfield, Bloomberg. Feb. 25, 2014.
“A barge crash that spilled enough oil to temporarily shut a stretch of the Mississippi River…” (read more)
BP seeks to halt payments to seafood-industry claimants
By Richard Thompson, The Advocate. Feb. 25, 2014.
“A Texas lawyer who is the target of a federal probe into whether he grossly inflated…” (read more)
GOP introduces bill to reduce costs to homeowners and businesses of Biggert-Waters flood insurance reforms
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 25, 2014.
“House GOP leaders introduced legislation late Friday to make sweeping changes in the 2012 Biggert-Waters flood insurance reform act…” (read more)
Lt. Gov. Jay Dardenne speaks about La.'s tourism industry (+video)
By KFLY (Lafayette, La.). Feb. 25, 2014.
“Lieutenant Governor Jay Dardenne was in Lafayette Tuesday at the Lafayette Kiwanis Club…” (read more)
As more of coastal Louisiana is lost, official map makers erase names (+video)
By John Snell, WVUE (New Orleans, La.). Feb. 24, 2014.
“As Louisiana barrier islands, marshes and swamps melt away, some of the best-selling fiction…” (read more)
Appeals court upholds dismissal of 11 parish suits against BP under Louisiana wildlife law
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 24, 2014.
“The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Monday upheld a lower court's dismissal of lawsuits filed…” (read more)
Santa Monica-based RAND Releases Report to Protect Coastal Communities
The Santa Monica Lookout. Feb. 25, 2014.
“Should a coastal community undertake a marsh-building project now or in the future?…” (read more)
BP gets slick in trying to undermine gulf oil spill settlement
By Michael Hiltzik, The LA Times. Feb. 23, 2014.
“It would be perfectly proper for BP, the giant British oil company, to feel a sense of corporate remorse…” (read more)
Sinking levee sign of flooding woes
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. Feb. 25, 2014.
“What’s more worrisome? That the Army Corps of Engineers is repairing a newly built levee that has subsided as much as 6 inches…” (read more)
New Orleans’ Levees Accredited; May Lead to Lower Flood Insurance Rates
By Associated Press. Feb. 24, 2014.
“The Federal Emergency Management Administration has declared the New Orleans area levee system accredited…” (read more)
Coast Guard continues to work oil spill in Mississippi River
By WVUE (New Orleans, La.). Sept. 23, 2014.
“The Coast Guard continues to work on an oil spill that started…” (read more)
Lower Mississippi River reopens after oil spill near New Orleans
By Kate Stanton, UPI. Feb. 24, 2014.
“The U.S. Coast Guard has reopened part of the lower Mississippi River affected by Saturday's oil spill about 50 miles from New Orleans…” (read more)
Oil & Gas Association president fails to appear in court Tuesday, despite threat of jail
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 25, 2014.
“Louisiana Oil & Gas Association President Don Briggs Tuesday again failed to appear in a Baton Rouge courtroom…” (read more)
Judge orders oil, gas group's president to appear
By Associated Press. Feb. 24, 2014.
“A state district judge Monday ordered the president of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association to appear in court…” (read more)
LOGA lawsuit hearing postponed
By Jeff Adelson, The Advocate. Feb. 25, 2014.
“Louisiana Oil and Gas Association President Don Briggs was given a reprieve from testifying…” (read more)