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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 13, 2015

July 13, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

State works on plan to help keep saltwater from moving into Terrebonne Parish
*featuring Simone Maloz, ROR
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. July 13, 2015
"The real story is that it prevents the loss of 15,000 acres,” said Simone Theriot Maloz, executive director of the coastal group Restore or Retreat. “We are not even talking about creating land; we’re talking about holding the line.(Read More)
 
Which cities will feel the effects of climate change the most?
By Michele Berger, The Weather Channel. July 13, 2015
"New Orleans is losing ground, fast: Almost 1,900 square miles have disappeared in less than a century. This threatens the region’s people and places. “Large numbers of cities, roads, railways, ports, airports, oil and gas facilities and water supplies [in Louisiana] are at low elevations and potentially vulnerable to the impacts of sea level rise,” notes a White House Fact Sheet. “New Orleans, with roughly half of its population living below sea level, is especially at risk.(Read More)

Opinion: What BP Taught Takata
*featuring Steve Cochran, EDF
By Joe Nocera, The New York Times. July 10, 2015
"BP also committed to spending $1 billion on restoration of natural resources, $179 million for a tourism campaign, $500 million for scientific research, block grants to Gulf Coast states, and on and on. Handing over that early restoration money was something “the company didn’t have to do,” notes Steve Cochran of the Environmental Defense Fund.(Read More)

Lafourche agencies receive $36.3 million in BP oil spill
By Maki Somosot, The Daily Comet. July 11, 2015
"Lafourche's coastal restoration projects will benefit greatly from a large share of the $6.8 billion Louisiana is expected to receive from the global $18.7 billion settlement to five states and the federal government," Lafourche Parish President Charlotte Randolph added.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 10, 2015

July 10, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

1970 study shows impact of MRGO on salinity in part of Lake Pontchartrain Basin
*features John Lopez, LPBF
By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. July 9, 2015
"A Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries study released in 1970 shows how profoundly the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet impacted salinity levels in a significant portion of the Lake Pontchartrain Basin.(Read More)
 
New Orleans accepts $45 million settlement offer on BP oil spill
WWL. July 9, 2015
"Mayor Mitch Landrieu on Thursday announced that the City of New Orleans has accepted a $45 million settlement offer for the alleged economic damages that resulted from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico that devastated the region's coastal wetlands.(Read More)
 
BP settlement offer rejected by Jean Lafitte, its levee board
By Andrea Shaw, The Times-Picayune. July 9, 2015
"Coastal communities, including Jean Lafitte and Grand Isle, were hit particularly hard during the massive spill that flooded the Gulf of Mexico with more than 3 million barrels of oil over three months. The disaster, which killed 11 workers, shut down the fishing industry and disrupted the livelihoods of local residents, officials have said.(Read More)
 
Elevated river level adds new layer to hurricane planning (video)
By John Snell, WVUE. July 9, 2015
"The unusually high Mississippi River level this summer theoretically could force the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway in the event of a hurricane.(Read More)
 
Opinion: BP settlement: Tens of millions for lawyers, not nearly enough for the coast
By Lt. Gen. Russel Honore, The Lens. July 9, 2015
"In court, the prospect of a heavy fine was an opportunity to fix the system and make clear that no oil company should gamble with Louisiana lives and our coast. We rely on government officials to protect us by ensuring that real disincentives to dangerous behavior exist.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 9, 2015

July 9, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

House to White House: Keep hands off oil and gas revenue sharing for Gulf states
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune. July 8, 2015
"These Gulf States not only produce the lion's share of the infrastructure and workforce for the industry in the Gulf of Mexico, we also have inherent environmental and economic risks," Byrne said. "The BP oil spill five years ago should tell us all what that means.(Read More)

Rising Mississippi River will trigger more levee, vessel restrictions next week
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. July 8, 2015
"Swollen by unseasonal Midwest rainfall during the past month, the Mississippi River is now expected to crest at 15.5 feet on July 20 and 21 at the Carrollton Gage in New Orleans, according to a 28-day forecast issued Wednesday by National Weather Service's Lower Mississippi River Forecast Center.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 8, 2015

July 8, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

BP Deal Will Lead to a Cleaner Gulf
By Editorial Board, The New York Times. July 8, 2015
"Though no amount of money can ever compensate for the staggering damage caused by the 2010 BP oil spill, last week’s provisional $18.7 billion settlement among five states, the federal government and the company will help make amends for one of the worst environmental disasters in American history.(Read More)

MRGO changed seafood makeup of Lake Pontchartrain
*features John Lopez, LPBF
By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. July 7, 2015
"If you go way back and look at records from the 1800s in terms of shrimp (in Lake Pontchartrain), the two shrimp that were talked about as being significant were white shrimp and river shrimp," Lopez said. "Brown shrimp were around back then, but not in the abundance we've seen in the last few decades. That's probably an aberration from the encroachment of salt water.(Read More)
 
DuBos: Settlement money will be big responsibility
By Clancy DuBos, WWLTV. July 7, 2015
"Louisiana will get billions for coastal restoration efforts, and that's great news. But it's going to take a lot more than that to fully implement the Master Plan for coastal restoration. It's also going to take constant vigilance by citizens to make sure our elected and appointed leaders spend all settlement money wisely, and only as intended.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 7, 2015

July 7, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Chat with law experts at noon Tuesday about BP oil spill settlement
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. July 6, 2015
"Who will benefit more from the $18.7 billion Gulf of Mexico oil spill settlement: BP or the Gulf Coast? Chat at noon Tuesday (July 7) with law experts Ed Sherman and David A. Logan about the settlement, how and when the court will approve it, and which side could benefit more.(Read More)

Environmentalists welcome oil spill settlement
*features Simone Maloz, ROR & Fred Krupp, EDF
By Jacob Batte, Houma Courier. July 6, 2015
"We are particularly heartened to see a significant commitment to restoring the Mississippi River Delta and its wetlands. Louisiana's coast was ground zero for the oil disaster,” Krupp said. “This settlement recognizes the critical importance of that area to the nation and to the overall health of the entire Gulf ecosystem.(Read More)

Restoring LA’s coast likely to challenge next governor
WWL. July 6, 2015
"Working to enact the coastal restoration master plan will be a major challenge in the coming years, even with the recently-announced settlement with BP. Four of the major gubernatorial candidates recently spoke about how they would meet that challenge, if elected.(Read More)

St. Tammany Parish accepts $16.8 million settlement with BP
By Robert Thoden, The Times-Picayune. July 7, 2015
"St. Tammany Parish has agreed to accept a $16.8 million settlement from BP for the parish's economic losses stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.The money will come in a lump sum, possibly as quickly as a month or so, Council Administrator Donald Henderson Jr. said. (Read More)

Water and subsidence: “You can’t manage what you don’t measure”
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. July 7, 2015
"Perched on the edge of the Mississippi River delta in the heart of Hurricane Alley, New Orleans leaders believed for 300 years that the city’s safety lay in draining the soggy mud sponge it was built on. But as that sponge drained, it also shrank, steadily pulling most of the city below sea level, a process that continues today. The result has been increasing flood risk from rain and hurricanes, and billions in ongoing repairs to sunken homes and crumbling streets.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 6, 2015

July 6, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

With BP cash, Louisiana could jump start coastal restoration: Editorial
*features MRD statement
The Times-Picayune. July 5, 2015
"Voters will choose the next governor and the new Legislature this fall. The candidates for those posts must commit to putting all these resources toward strengthening the coast. That must be the mission of all of our political leaders. The future of coastal Louisiana and everyone who lives and works here depends on spending this money the right way.(Read More)

Coastal restoration efforts get big boost from BP settlement
*features MRD statement, Simone Maloz, ROR, & David Muth, NWF
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. July 4, 2015
"We need our leaders to make sure that every dime of this settlement is used as it is intended: to address oil spill impacts and repair long-standing ecosystem damage,” the group’s statement said. “We’re especially encouraged that the settlement will put special emphasis on restoring health to the Mississippi River Delta and its coastal wetlands.(Read More)

BP global settlement could bring $8.7 billion for Louisiana coastal restoration
*features MRD statement
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. July 2, 2015
"In sharp contrast to the decades-long litigation following the Exxon Valdez spill, federal and state leaders have wasted no time in closing this case," said a joint statement released by the Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Ocean Conservancy, The Nature Conservancy, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation. "Their swift work means meaningful restoration efforts are imminent. Their leadership, at this moment, is invaluable.(Read More)

Environmental groups welcome early BP pay out (audio)
*features Doug Meffert, NAS
Radio New Zealand National. July 3, 2015
"Environmental groups say the 18-billion-US-dollar settlement reached for the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 will go some way to pay for the cleanup but they need the money to come through quickly.(Read More)

BP Agrees to Pay Largest Environment Settlement in U.S. History for Gulf Oil Spill
*features Steve Cochran, EDF
By Reynard Loki, Alternet. July 2, 2015
"No amount of money can ever undo the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon disaster," said Steve Cochran, director of the Mississippi River Delta Program of the Environmental Defense Fund, in an email. But he also noted that because of the settlement, "we're finally able to take steps to truly help the Gulf finally heal.(Read More)

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement in Gulf spill
*features Collin O’Mara, NWF
By Elana Schor & Josh Gerstein, Politico. July 2, 2015
"National Wildlife Foundation President Collin O’Mara sounded a similar note, saying in a statement that “it is essential the Gulf states and federal government ensure that every dollar in penalties and damages be used to restore this incomparable ecological treasure and economic powerhouse.(Read More)

BP set to pay largest environmental fine in US history for Gulf oil spill
*features Fred Krupp, EDF
By Dominic Rushe, The Guardian. July 2, 2015
"No monetary award can ever undo the destruction of the Deepwater Horizon disaster. But, while we look forward to additional details, today’s agreement, the largest environmental settlement in American history, represents a significant step toward justice for the Gulf Coast ecosystems, economies and communities that were damaged by the disaster,” Fred Krupp, president of the Environmental Defense Fund, said in a statement. “More than five years later, this agreement between the five Gulf states, BP and the department of justice brings real hope for the future of the Gulf Coast.(Read More)

BP reaches $18.7 billion settlement over deadly 2010 spill
*features David Yarnold, NAS
By Terry Wade, Reuters. July 2, 2015
"Now Gulf Coast restoration can begin in earnest. It's time to heal the wounds that BP tore in Gulf Coast ecosystems and communities," said David Yarnold, CEO of the National Audubon Society.(Read More)
 
BP agrees to pay a record $18.7b for its damage to the Gulf
*features Doug Meffert, NAS
By Laurie Wiegler, Examiner. July 2, 2015
"We really need to start accelerating our investments in coastal restoration because of [the need for] storm surge protection," he said. "The more we have, the fewer flood walls we need. These are multiple lines of defense," Meffert explained.(Read More)

Chat with coastal exec Kyle Graham at noon about how Louisiana will use BP settlement money
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. July 6, 2015
"Chat at noon Monday (July 6) with Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Executive Director Kyle Graham about how the state plans to use money from the BP settlement to pay for coastal restoration projects.(Read More)

Macaluso: Settlement is just the beginning
The Advocate. July 5, 2015
"We must be vigilant: It’s mandatory to elect governors and legislators who will have enough backbone to stand up to the extant greed in our state. We must make sure to give the right folks among us the power to use this money wisely, and to limit the corruption we’ve seen when there has been much less money around than these billions of dollars.(Read More)

Our Views: Let’s not squander BP settlement funds, which are much needed to help Louisiana coast
The Advocate. July 6, 2015
"Now that the spending of this money is in view, we hope that Graves and others will be among the watchdogs of the state’s financial commitment. The estimated $50 billion in long-term coastal restoration projects will need future federal support. We cannot realistically expect Congress to pay unless at the state level we are committed to proper use of the BP settlement money.(Read More)

BP to Pay $18.7 Billion for Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill
By Campbell Robertson, John Schwartz and Richard Perez-Pena, The New York Times. July 2, 2015
"Much of the settlement money in Louisiana will go to environmental protection and restoration along the state’s ravaged and rapidly disappearing coast. The state has spent years developing a master plan for addressing environmental damage and the wetlands loss that long preceded the BP spill.(Read More)

A milestone for the environment in the Deepwater Horizon disaster
By Editorial Board, The Washington Post. July 2, 2015
"From here, the challenge will be ensuring that federal, state and local authorities spend their money well, concentrating on the most pressing environmental problems facing the gulf.(Read More)

The BP Oil Spill Settlement: What It Means for Louisiana (audio)
By Jesse Hardman, WWNO. July 2, 2015
"The announcement of a settlement over BP oil spill claims means that billions of dollars could come to the state of Louisiana over the next decade. Much of that money will help fund restoration projects as part of the state’s coastal master plan. WWNO’s Jesse Hardman sat down with Bethany Carl Kraft, the Director of the Gulf Restoration Program for the Ocean Conservancy to discuss the news.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 1, 2015

July 1, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Campaign aides to governor hopeful get a tutorial on Louisiana’s coastal projects
*features Cynthia Duet, NAS & David Muth, NWF
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. July 1, 2015
"These projects cannot afford to come to a screeching halt or slow down to wait for a new group to catch up,” said Cynthia Duet, deputy director of Audubon Louisiana. “These projects and the 2017 master plan need to continue on a path forward.(Read More)

Sunken city or surging metropolis? 9 visions for the future of New Orleans
By Jed Lipinski, The Times-Picayune. June 30, 2015
"If serious action is taken, however, the positive effects of large river diversions will have started to be noticed. These effects may not be noticeable in the first few decades after diversions have been put in place; this is a slow process aimed at the longer term.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 29, 2015

June 29, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

U.S. Supreme Court rejects BP, Anadarko over Deepwater Horizon spill penalties
By Lawrence Hurley, Reuters. June 29, 2015
"The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday rejected bids by BP Plc(BP.L) and Anadarko Petroleum Corp(APC.N) to avoid penalties under federal pollution law in connection with the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
The high court left in place a June 2014 ruling by the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which said the companies were liable for civil penalties under the federal Clean Water Act.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 24, 2015

June 24, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

USDA seeks partner proposals to protect and restore critical wetlands in Louisiana
KLFY. June 23, 2015
"Kevin Norton, state conservationist in Louisiana for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS) announced today the availability of $17.5 million in financial and technical assistance nationwide to help eligible conservation partners voluntarily protect, restore and enhance critical wetlands on private and tribal agricultural lands.(Read More)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 23, 2015

June 23, 2015 | Posted by lbourg in Latest News

Late high Mississippi River has Corps watching sand boils, seepage on levees
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. June 22, 2015
"An unusually late rise in the Mississippi River, swollen by repeated heavy rains in the upper Mississippi and Ohio valleys, has the Army Corps of Engineers keeping track of 14 sand boils and a dozen seepage areas along river levees in Iberville, Ascension and West Baton Rouge parishes, a corps official said Monday.(Read More)

A better bayou: Work aims to improve area’s water supply
By Jacob Batte, Houma Today. June 22, 2015
"The second dredging phase of the massive Mississippi River Reintroduction to Bayou Lafourche project involves removing vegetation and dredging sediment and mud flats for 8.3 miles between Belle Rose and Napoleonville. Nearly 800,000 cubic yards of mud will be dredged.(Read More)

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