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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Sept. 8, 2014

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

For Lack Of Mississippi Silt, The Gulf Is Losing Coastal Land
By Lynn Neary, NPR. Sept. 7, 2014.
“Thousands of miles of Louisiana's coastline have been disappearing over the last century…” (read more)

Judge: BP's reckless conduct caused Gulf oil spill
By Rick Jervis and Kevin McCoy, USA Today. Sept. 5, 2014.
“Energy giant BP was "grossly negligent" in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, a U.S. district judge…” (read more)

'Worst Case' BP Ruling on Gulf Spill Means Billions More in Penalties
By Margaret Cronin Fisk, Laurel Brubaker Calkins and Jef Feeley, Bloomberg. Sept. 4, 2014.
“BP Plc acted with gross negligence in setting off the biggest offshore oil spill in U.S. history…” (read more)

BP Found "Grossly Negligent" for Gulf Oil Spill Disaster
By John Michaelson, Public New Service Texas. Sept5, 2014.
“A federal judge has found that the "reckless conduct" of BP caused…” (read more)

Sportsmen Group Responds to Ruling that BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Deepwater Horizon Disaster
By Outdoorhub. Sept. 5, 2014.
“A federal judge has ruled today that BP was “grossly negligent” in its actions…” (read more)

BP guilty of 'gross negligence', New Orleans federal court finds
By Laurie Wiegler, The Examiner. Sept. 4, 2014.
“In one of the most eagerly awaited decisions of the 21st Century, U.S. Federal Judge…” (read more)

U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell applauds La. coast plan
By Danielle Haynes, UPI. Sept. 5, 2014.
“U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, during a trip to southern Louisiana on Friday…” (read more)

Interior Secretary Sally Jewell praises Louisiana coastal restoration plan
By Andrea Shaw, The Times-Picayune. Sept. 5, 2014.
“U.S. Interior Secretary Sally Jewell praised Louisiana's master plan for coastal restoration…” (read more)

Nine years after Katrina, activists continue efforts to save Louisiana's coastal land
By Jason Berry, The National Catholic Reporter. Sept. 5, 2014.
“Aug. 29 marked nine years since Hurricane Katrina drove a rolling wall of water…” (read more)

Bloomberg: Chemical runoff, loss of wetlands among chronic disasters unfolding in Gulf
By The Advocate. Sept. 6, 2014.
“BP’s “gross negligence” led to massive damage along the Gulf Coast, but several chronic disasters…” (read more)

Federal Judge Rules BP Primary Culprit In Gulf Oil Spill
By Debbie Elliott, NPR. Sept. 5, 2014.
“BP says it will appeal the ruling that the company's reckless conduct and gross negligence…” (read more)

Judge's Ruling May Encourage BP to Settle
By Daniel Gilbert, The Wall Street Journal. Sept. 5, 2014.
“While BP has pledged to fight a federal judge's ruling that it acted recklessly…” (read more)

Q&A: What Federal Ruling Against BP Means for Oil Drilling's Future
By Christine Dell’Amore, National Geographic. Sept. 5, 2014.
“More than four years after the Deepwater Horizon oil rig blew, killing 11 workers…” (read more)

Army Corps officials, scientists talk levee safety and flood risks
By Diya Chacko, The Times-Picayune. Sept. 5, 2014.
“The 2014 Society of Environmental Journalists conference brings together…” (read more)

BP facing $19bn gross negligence bill for Deepwater Horizon disaster
By Daniel Gilbert and Justin Scheck, The Wall Street Journal. Sept. 6, 2014.
BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, a US judge ruled…” (read more) 

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Sept. 5, 2014

September 5, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Conservation groups welcome BP ruling
By Daniel J. Graeber, UPI. Sept. 5, 2014.
“Conservation groups said a ruling that BP was grossly negligent…” (read more)

Sorting Out BP's Gulf Oil Spill Liability: Four Blunt Points
By Paul M. Barrett, BloombergBusinessweek. Sept. 5, 2014.
“Confused about where things stand in the litigation hurricane over…” (read more)

BP Found “Grossly Negligent” in Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
By Susan E. Matthews, Audubon Magazine. Sept. 4, 2014.
“BP is guilty of gross negligence for its role in the disastrous 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)

BP Found ‘Grossly Negligent’ In Gulf Oil Spill
By The Florida News Connection. Sept. 5, 2014.
“While the judge’s decision did not surprise groups such as the Environmental Defense Fund…” (read more)

Letter: Many ways to fight erosion
Letter to the Editor by Alisha Renfro, The Advocate. Sept. 3, 2014.
“The speed and enormous scale of land loss in Louisiana makes coastal restoration an uphill battle…” (read more)

'Losing Ground' Maps Show Louisiana's Coast Disappear (+audio)
By Eve Troeh and Bob Marshall, WWNO. Sept. 4, 2014.
“The project includes audio from individuals describing their views of coastal land loss…” (read more)

Louisiana Is Going To End Up Underwater Sooner Than You Might Think
By Ariel Schwartz, Co.Exist. Sept. 4, 2014.
“Southeastern Louisiana is part of a wetlands ecosystem spanning thousands of miles–one that is…” (read more)

BP carries most blame for Gulf of Mexico oil spill, judge rules
By Katherine Sayre, The Times-Picayune. Sept. 4, 2014.
“BP shoulders most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill by acting…” (read more)

We Now Return You to Our Previously Scheduled Gulf Coast Disasters, Already in Progress
By Eric Roston, Bloomberg. Sept. 4, 2014.
“Now that a federal judge has ruled that BP acted in “gross negligence” in 2010…” (read more)

BP May Be Fined Up to $18 Billion for Spill in Gulf
By Campbell Robertson and Clifford Krauss, The New York Times. Sept. 4, 2014.
“In the four years since the blowout on the Deepwater Horizon oil rig…” (read more)

Landrieu: Judge's Ruling Means More Money for Acadiana through RESTORE Act
By KATC. Sept. 4, 2014.
“United States District Court Judge Carl Barbier today ruled that BP was "grossly negligent…” (read more)

BP Lashes Out at Journalists and "Opportunistic" Environmentalists
By Tim McDonnell, Mother Jones. Sept. 4, 2014.
“News of this morning's federal court decision against BP broke as I was aboard a 40-foot oyster boat…” (read more)

Judge’s Decision Means More Money for Gulf Coast Restoration
By Dredging Today. Sept. 4, 2014.
“This ruling means that BP faces penalties of up to $4,300 per barrel of oil spilled, maximizing…” (read more)

Gulf of Mexico Residents Hail Ruling Against BP
By Michael Kunzelman and Janet McConnaguey, Associated Press. Sept. 5, 2014.
“Environmentalists, recreational fishermen and people who make their living on the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)

BP May Face Additional $18 Billion in Fines (+video)
By The Associated Press. Sept. 4, 2014.
“Louisiana fishermen react to a federal judge's ruling Thursday that BP acted with "gross negligence…” (read more)

The Gulf of Mexico is devouring Southeastern Louisiana
By Bob Marshall, Salon. Sept. 5, 2014.
“In just 80 years, some 2,000 square miles of Louisiana’s coastal landscape…” (read more)

Federal Judge Decides BP Acted With Gross Negligence In Gulf Oil Spill (+audio)
By Debbie Elliott, NPR. Sept. 4, 2014.
“A federal judge has ruled that British Petroleum is guilty of gross negligence…” (read more)

'We May Lose the Gulf': Louisiana in the Aftermath of Katrina
By Telesur. Sept. 3, 2014.
“Nine years after Hurricane Katrina, the majority black population of Louisiana is still facing…” (read more)

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MEDIA ADVISORY: Thursday, September 4, 2014 at 3:30 p.m. CT

September 4, 2014 | Posted by Ryan Rastegar in Latest News

CONTACTS:

Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org
Elizabeth Skree, Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543, eskree@edf.org
Steve Murchie, Gulf Restoration Network, 941.441.7035, steve@healthygulf.org

BREAKING NEWS: BP Found Grossly Negligent in 2010 Gulf Oil Disaster

Gulf Coast groups to host press conference at site of BP trial this afternoon at 3:30 pm CT

Please join coastal restoration advocates and impacted community leaders for a press conference at the federal courthouse in New Orleans, the site of the ongoing BP trial, to mark today’s landmark legal ruling that BP was grossly negligent in the 2010 Gulf oil disaster.

WHAT: Press Conference, Interview and Photo Opportunities

WHEN: Thursday, September 4, 3:30 p.m. CT

WHERE: Hale Boggs Federal Building, U.S. District Courthouse
500 Poydras Street
New Orleans, LA 70130

WHO:
Cynthia Sarthou, Executive Director, Gulf Restoration Network
Colette Pichon Battle, Director/Attorney, Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy, representing the Gulf Future Coalition
Steve Cochran, Director, Mississippi River Delta Restoration, Environmental Defense Fund, representing the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Coalition

Additional experts will be available for onsite/in studio interviews.

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Conservation Groups React to Ruling that BP Grossly Negligent in 2010 Oil Disaster

| Posted by Ryan Rastegar in BP Oil Disaster, Clean Water Act, Latest News, Media Resources

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Emily Guidry Schatzel, National Wildlife Federation, 225.253.9781, schatzele@nwf.org
Elizabeth Skree,
Environmental Defense Fund, 202.553.2543, eskree@edf.org
Erin Greeson,
National Audubon Society, 503.913.8978, egreeson@audubon.org

Conservation Groups React to Ruling that BP Grossly Negligent

in 2010 Oil Disaster

Today’s ruling a vital step toward holding BP accountable, restoring the Gulf

(September 4, 2014 – New Orleans) National and local organizations working on Mississippi River Delta restoration – Environmental Defense FundNational Wildlife FederationNational Audubon Society and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation – released the following statement:

“More than 4 years after the BP oil disaster, today’s ruling brings hope and justice for the people, wildlife and ecosystems of Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. For 87 days, the Deepwater Horizon well spewed more than 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico – because of BP’s egregious conduct. A court of law has confirmed that risky and reckless behavior has consequences. The areas most damaged by the spill cannot wait any longer for restoration to begin. Today’s ruling is a vital step toward holding BP and other parties responsible for the largest oil spill in our nation’s history.”

Protesters gather on the first day of the BP trial in February 2013. Photo credit: Reuters

Protesters gather on the first day of the BP trial in February 2013. Photo credit: Reuters

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Sept. 3, 2014

September 3, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Restore Act project proposals subject of Thursday meeting in New Orleans
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Sept. 3, 2014.
“The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority will hold a meeting in New Orleans…” (read more)

Coal, petroleum coke debris found in Plaquemines marsh restoration projects
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Sept. 2, 2014.
“Pieces of coal and petroleum coke – some as large as fists – have been found dotting mile-long stretches…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Sept. 2, 2014

September 2, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Rapid erosion of Louisiana coast only expected to accelerate
By Bob Marshall and Al Shaw, The New Orleans Advocate. Sept. 1, 2014.
“This story is condensed from a broad multimedia presentation produced by the nonprofit newsrooms…” (read more)

Watch how Louisiana's coastline has vanished over the last 80 years
By Brad Plumer, Vox. Aug. 30, 2014.
“Over the last 80 years, Louisiana has lost nearly 2,000 square miles of coastland…” (read more)

Halliburton to Pay $1.1 Billion to Settle Spill Lawsuits
By David Wethe, Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Calkins, Bloomberg. Sept. 2, 2014.
Halliburton Co. agreed to pay $1.1 billion to settle a majority of lawsuits brought over its role…” (read more)

Louisiana Is Sinking Fast
By Hannah Weinberger, Outside Magazine. Aug. 29, 2014.
“An investigation by ProPublica and the Lens found that coastal Louisiana, which in the past 80 years…” (read more)

State residents can help decide coastal restoration spending
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Aug. 31, 2014.
“Between $150 million and $180 million will be available for projects under a part of the RESTORE Act…” (read more)

State looking for input on oil spill fine money
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier. Sept. 1, 2014.
“State coastal restoration officials are asking for the public’s input on how fine money…” (read more)

Citgo marks 9 years since Katrina, Rita with year-long coastal restoration effort
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Aug. 29, 2014.
“Officials with Citgo Petroleum Corp. and the Audubon Nature Institute, as well as elected leaders…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 29, 2014

August 29, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Live chat Friday: Talk to The Lens, ProPublica about ‘Losing Ground’
By Steve Myers, The Lens. Aug. 28, 2014.
“Scientists say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history…” (read more)

Discussion: Louisiana’s Disappearing Coast
By Scott Klein, ProPublica. Aug. 28, 2014.
“Scientists say one of the greatest environmental and economic disasters in the nation’s history…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 28, 2014

August 28, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Plaquemines Parish continues fight for La. coastal restoration (+video)
By WWL. Aug. 27, 2014.
“While coastal restoration is important to the entire state of Louisiana, and the entire Gulf Coast…” (read more)

National Geographic lauds NOLA.com photographer for latest Hurricane Katrina work
By Rebecca Alexander, The Times-Picayune. Aug. 28, 2014.
“National Geographic is serving up accolades to The Times-Picayune photographer Ted Jackson…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 26, 2014

August 26, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

River Diversions And The Fate Of Louisiana's Coast
By Jesse Hardman, WWNO. Aug. 26, 2014.
“A big part of Louisiana’s coastal Master Plan centers around something called “diversions…” (read more)

Conservation crucial to future of state economy
Editorial by The Monroe News-Star (Monroe, La.). Aug. 25, 2014.
“Fifty years ago, Congress created the Land and Water Conservation Fund to help preserve…” (read more)

Water Institute introduces Louisiana-based water, coastal expertise to global market
By Renita D. Young, The Times-Picayune. Aug. 25, 2014.
“There's a market for Louisiana-based expertise when it comes to coastal systems…” (read more)

Institute looks to expand water research
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Aug. 26, 2014.
“In its first 2½ years of existence, The Water Institute of the Gulf…” (read more)

Water Campus lining up funding sources, director says
By Kelly Conelly, Baton Rouge Business Report. Aug. 25, 2014.
“The state's premier water researchers are a step closer to moving into their new home…” (read more)

Swipe the photos and see Hurricane Katrina disaster dissolve into present-day recovery
By Ted Jackson, The Times-Picayune. Aug. 25, 2014.
“Through many years of covering hurricanes, I've learned that it's important to "photograph the wind…” (read more)

Students immersed in coastal conversation
By Chris Leblanc, The Houma Courier. Aug. 25, 2014.
“Students attending South Louisiana Discovery Center's Wetlands Youth Summit this weekend…” (read more)

Garden planned at Katrina levee breach site
By The Associated Press. Aug. 25, 2014.
“An empty lot in a New Orleans neighborhood still badly blighted after Hurricane Katrina…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: August 25, 2014

August 25, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Scalise: RESTORE Act funds exclusively for coastal restoration
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune. Aug. 23, 2014.
“Rep. Steve Scalise, R-Jefferson told members of the Coalition for Coastal Resilience & Economy (CCRE)…” (read more)

Voice of the Wetlands Festival to showcase Louisiana acts
By Kate Mabry, The Houma Courier. Aug. 22, 2014.
“The 11th annual Voice of the Wetlands Festival in October will exclusively feature Louisiana talent…” (read more)

Phoslock for Lake & Ponds
By The Associated Press. Aug. 23, 2014.
“Restoration of TeBo Point on Grand Lake in Cameron Parish could begin next year…” (read more)

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