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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 16, 2014

October 16, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

New marsh flood protection at Bayou St. John (Video)
By WWL TV. Oct. 15, 2014.
“Some say it's a way to restore vital marshlands in Louisiana. Others tout the green space it'll provide…” (read more)

Louisiana hopes to get between $1 billion and $4.9 billion in Restore Act oil spill fine money (+video)
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 15, 2014.
“Louisiana hopes to receive between $1 billion and $4.9 billion for coastal restoration…” (read more)

Gulf Coast chambers right to fight BP's attempt to erode settlement: Editorial
Editorial by TheTimes-Picayune. Oct. 15, 2014.
“The oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's broken well for 87 days…” (read more)

Oil spill fines head to state, parishes
By Keith Magill, The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). Oct. 15, 2014.
“State and parish governments are now clear to apply for an estimated $56 million…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 15, 2014

October 15, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

U.S. Treasury clears way for Gulf states, local governments to get first Restore Act money
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 14, 2014.
“The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Tuesday (Oct. 14) gave final approval…” (read more)

Gulf Coast chambers right to fight BP's attempt to erode settlement: Editorial
Editorial by The Times-Picayune. Oct. 15, 2014.
“The oil that gushed into the Gulf of Mexico from BP's broken well for 87 days in 2010…” (read more)

Stranded turtle numbers along Mississippi coast remain 'alarming'
By Steve Phillips, WLOX (Gulfport, Miss.). Oct. 14, 2014.
“The number of stranded sea turtles along the Mississippi Gulf Coast remains alarming…” (read more)

RESTORE Act Funds Officially Become Available (+audio)
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson, WWNO. Oct. 14, 2014.
“The US Treasury Department announced yesterday that Gulf Coast state and local governments…” (read more)

Lost Louisiana: the race to reclaim vanished land back from the sea
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian. Oct. 14, 2014.
“The GPS showed David Morgan still on dry land – but the waves bumping beneath…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 14, 2014

October 14, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Bad news might have an up side
Editorial by The Daily Comet. Oct. 14, 2014.
“Yet another study has found that rising seas threaten increasing damage to the Gulf…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 13, 2014

October 13, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Voice of the Wetlands Festival closes out with an all-star jam today in Houma
By David Lee Simmons, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 12, 2014.
“On a weekend jam-packed with amazing Louisiana festivals…” (read more)

Following the flow of oil spill fine money
By Kimberly Blair, The Pensacola News Journal. Oct. 12, 2014.
“Now that the $100 million in BP early restoration dollars have been allocated…” (read more)

Voice of the Wetlands: What's it all about?
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier. Oct. 11, 2014.
“As hundreds swayed to the sounds of Louisiana blues tonight at Southdown…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 10, 2014

October 10, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Jefferson Parish officials devise agreement to eliminate wild hogs damaging levees (+video)
By Casey Ferrand, WDSU (New Orleans, La.). Oct. 9, 2014.
“An overpopulation of feral hogs are wreaking havoc on the levee system in Jefferson Parish…” (read more)

St. Bernard meets requirements for some Clean Water Act oil spill penalty money
By Benjamin-Alexander Bloch, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 9, 2014.
“St. Bernard Parish's new comprehensive plan was approved and certified by the governor's office…” (read more)

New documentary explores Deepwater Horizon disaster
By The Advocate. Oct. 10, 2014.
“A new documentary on the Deepwater Horizon disaster attempts to explain what happened…” (read more)

Gulf Coast chambers split with national parent, urge U.S. Supreme Court to deny BP's oil spill settlement appeal
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 9, 2014.
“The New Orleans Chamber of Commerce told the U.S. Supreme Court this week that its national…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 9, 2014

October 9, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

 Mid-Barataria diversion could create 22 square miles of land in 20 years, researcher says
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 8, 2014.
“Louisiana's proposed Mid-Barataria sediment diversion, which would be located on the west bank…” (read more)

`The Great Invisible' Captures BP Spill Aftermath, Without Wahlberg
By Loren Steffy, Forbes. Oct. 8, 2014.
“Much attention has been generated recently by the announcement that Mark Wahlberg…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 8, 2014

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

Interior Inspector General questions $14.2M of Coastal Impact grants to Louisiana, parishes
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 7, 2014.
“The U.S. Department of the Interior Inspector General has questioned $14.2 million…” (read more)

$2.5M for Wetlands Restoration Projects in Louisiana
By Dredging Today. Oct. 8, 2014.
“The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $2.5 million…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 7, 2014

October 7, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

WWNO's Coastal Glossary
By Laine Kaplan-Levenson and Jesse Hardman. Oct. 7, 2014.
“As we explore the Gulf Coast more comprehensively than ever before, trying to understand better…” (read more)

Major Gulf Spill Restoration Plan Approved
By Dredging Today. Oct. 6, 2014.
“NOAA together with its partners have announced the signing of a formal Record of Decision…” (read more)

More than $100 million approved for barrier island protection
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier. Oct. 6, 2014.
“Trustees overseeing the BP oil spill money have approved more than $100 million for barrier island…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 6, 2014

October 6, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Feds, states announce $627M in Gulf spill restoration projects
By Timothy Cama, The Hill. Oct. 3, 2014.
“Federal and state officials said Friday that they have chosen 44 projects worth $627 million…” (read more)

Louisiana Receives $340 Million From BP For Coastal Restoration
By WWNO (New Orleans, La.). Oct. 3, 2014.
“Louisiana will receive $340 million from oil giant BP for coastal restoration projects in the state…” (read more)

BP Seeking Payment Reversals May Reignite Damages Fight
By Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg. Oct. 5, 2014.
“BP is seeking to undo payments to some victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill…” (read more)

BP oil spill trustees approve $627M for restoration, including $340M in Louisiana
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 3, 2014.
“Federal and state trustees for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill have given final approval to plans…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Oct. 3, 2014

October 3, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Latest News

BP Seeks Revised Verdict or New Trial on Spill Negligence
By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg. Oct. 3, 2014.
"BP asked the U.S. judge in charge of thousands of oil-spill damage lawsuits to review a ruling that exposes the company to as much as $18 billion in fines, saying it was based on evidence he said he wouldn’t consider…" (read more).

$1 billion cost estimate prompts Louisiana to rethink coastal project
By John Snell, WVUE (New Orleans). Oct. 2, 2014.
"Louisiana is re-examining its ambitious plans for a major river sediment diversion project to build wetlands, based partly on costs that could top $1 billion, according to the state's No. 2 coastal official…" (read more).

For coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish, Corps of Engineers says no public hearing
By Andrea Shaw, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Oct. 1, 2014.
"The Army Corps of Engineers said Wednesday it will not hold a public hearing on a proposed coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish, a setback for West Bank residents who have been clamoring in opposition to the project…" (read more).

Offiicals ill-prepared to help those outside of levee system, Tulane study finds
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. Oct. 2, 2014.
"Tulane researchers recently sought the answer to a question the coastal-restoration community usually avoids: What happens to people and towns if state fails in its efforts to prevent the Gulf of Mexico from swallowing southeastern Louisiana?…" (read more).

BP asks court to revise findings or grant new trial
By Collin Eaton, FuelFix. Oct. 2, 2014.
"BP wants a federal judge to change his findings that the company was reckless in the days before the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill or grant it a new trial…" (read more).

BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill didn't shrink number, size of Louisiana shrimp, study says
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. Oct. 2, 2014.
"Looking at the abundance and size of Louisiana white and brown shrimp before and after the 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, a scientific paper published Wednesday said the amount of shrimp actually increased in local estuaries through 2011 and that the size of that shrimp remained unaffected…" (read more).

BP challenges $18bn Deepwater Horizon ruling
By Ed Crooks, The Financial Times. Oct. 3, 2014.
"Lawyers for BP have called for a retrial or a revised judgment after spotting what they believe to be a legal mistake in the court ruling last month that the company acted with gross negligence in the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster…" (read more).

New Acting Director and Associate Director Announced for NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program
By Julien Lartigue, NOAA. Oct. 2, 2014.
"Russ Beard has been leading the NOAA RESTORE Act Science Program since April 2013. Mr. Beard has now been asked and agreed to serve as the interim science coordinator for the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, a position which necessitates that he no longer serve as the acting Director for the science program…" (read more).

U.S. House candidates spar over coastal restoration
By Chris Leblanc, The Houma Courier. Oct. 2, 2014.
"Republican congressional candidate Garrett Graves fired back this week at criticism of his and Gov. Bobby Jindal's efforts aimed at stemming coastal wetlands loss in Louisiana…" (read more).

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