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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 2, 2014

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

Alvin returns to gulf on 4th anniversary of BP oil spill
By James Maynard, The Tech Times. April 2, 2014.
“Alvin, a Navy research submersible, has started to bring researchers down to the floor of the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 1, 2014

April 1, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

U.S. Geological Survey releases map detailing coastal Louisiana marshes
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. March 31, 2014.
“The U.S. Geological Survey has released a map of coastal Louisiana marshes, listing more than 956,000 acres of fresh marsh and nearly 730,000 acres of saltwater marsh…” (read more)

Navy sub to ferry researchers to BP spill site
By the Associated Press. March 31, 2014.
“As the fourth anniversary of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill approaches, the Navy research sub called Alvin will be taking researchers down for a look at the ocean floor…” (read more)

Director sought for BP oil spill's RESTORE Act Science Program
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. March 31, 2014.
“The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration announced it is searching for a Gulf of Mexico-based director for its BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill RESTORE Act Science Program…” (read more)

Terrebonne Parish Levee District continues to fill gaps in primary defenses against flooding
By the Associated Press. March 31, 2014.
“The Terrebonne Parish Levee District is continuing to fill gaps in the parish's primary defenses against flooding…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta news: March 31, 2014

March 31, 2014 | Posted by Elizabeth Skree in Latest News

Editorial: Heart of the oil spill
By Pensacola News Journal editorial staff, March 27, 2014.
“The further we get from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, the more crucial it is that we remain hypervigilant and angry about what BP’s man-made disaster has done to the Gulf of Mexico.…” (read more).

Alvin submersible will give researchers view of effects of BP oil spill
By Patrick Ochs, The Sun Herald (Biloxi, Miss.). March 29, 2014.
“Nearly four years after oil first spewed into the Gulf of Mexico from the blown-out Macondo wellhead, researchers representing major universities from across the Southeast will depart Gulfport and go to the site to document the potential recovery…” (read more).

Landslide in Gulf of Mexico could cause 15-foot tsunami on Louisiana coast
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. March 28, 2014.
“If you thought sinking land and rising seas were the only things we had to worry about in south Louisiana, think again.

Tsunamis have now joined the list…” (read more).

25 years after Exxon Valdez, we still haven’t learned to limit oil drilling
Opinion, By Frances Beinecke, The Washington Post. March 28, 2014.
“Twenty-five years ago this month, the Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Alaska’s Prince William Sound and dumped 11 million gallons of crude oil into the water…” (read more).

Louisiana to receive $21.3M for wildlife and fisheries conservation projects
By the Associated Press. March 28, 2014
“Louisiana is getting $21.3 million and Mississippi $14.4 million for wildlife and fisheries conservation projects from the federal Interior Department…” (read more).

Quin Hillyer: Jindal jujitsu, budget bust — or both?
Opinion by Quin Hillyer, The New Orleans Advocate. March 30, 2014.
“Back in 1989, I was junior-most of a four-person team running a statewide campaign to create a coastal wetlands trust fund. So, when I heard the Jindal administration was raiding the constitutionally protected trust, I was ready to go ape…” (read more).

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 28, 2014

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

Louisiana $50 billion coastal restoration plan would inject billions more into economy every year, study finds
By Katherine Sayre, The Time-Picayune. March 27, 2014.
“Under Louisiana's $50 billion, 50-year coastal restoration plan, the economy would see a boost from construction…” (read more)

Study: Funding coastal effort would create jobs
By Kevin McGill, Associated Press. March 27, 2014.
“A study commissioned by an environmental group says funding the state's multibillion-dollar, 50-year master plan…” (read more)

Coastal Master Plan would create jobs, revenue (+video)
By Jeff Adelson, The New Orleans Advocate. March 28, 2014.
“Fully funding Louisiana’s Coastal Master Plan could result in the creation of between 109,000 and 212,000 jobs…” (read more)

Resiliency Plan heads to council
By Jacob Batte, The Houma Courier. March 27, 2014.
“A plan to help Lafourche Parish expand, attract new residents and maintain a high quality of life is headed…” (read more)

Louisiana’s Swamp-Rat Dog Treat
By Mary Ann Stenberg, The New Yorker Elements. March 27, 2014.
“Nutria, the furry rodents with ratlike tails and two bright-orange front teeth, reproduce at astounding rates…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 27, 2014

March 27, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

The Listening Post Asks: What Do You Know About Coastal Erosion? (+audio)
By Kate Richardson, WWNO (New Orleans, La.). March 27, 2014.
“Every week WWNO's Listening Post project asks questions about local news in New Orleans and the Gulf Coast…” (read more)

Graves, Claudet to be honored for coastal work
By The Tri-Parish Times (Houma, La.). March 26, 2014.
“Garret Graves, formerly Gov. Bobby Jindal’s chief of coastal policies, has been named the Conservationist of the Year for 2013. Graves will receive the Governor’s Award…” (read more)

US agencies seek to clarify wetlands protections
By John Flsher, Bloomberg Businessweek. March 26, 2014.
“Federal agencies Tuesday asserted regulatory authority over many of the nation's streams and wetlands in an effort…” (read more)

Bayou Corne sinkhole swallows six more trees
By River Parishes Bureau, The Advocate. March 27, 2014.
“The 29-acre sinkhole in Assumption Parish swallowed six cypress trees Wednesday…” (read more)

Ex-BP engineer seeks sentencing delay
By Associated Press. March 27, 2014.
“A former BP engineer has asked for a delay in his sentencing on an obstruction of justice charge related to the 2010 Gulf oil spill…” (read more)

Poll: Health of coast key to Texas economy
By Bronwyn Turner, Galveston Daily News (Tx.). March 27, 2014.
“While oil spill cleanup efforts continued in Galveston Bay, a poll released Tuesday shows a majority of Texans…” (read more)

Ship Operator in Houston Spill on Probation for Pollution Case
By Harry R. Weber and Dan Murtaugh, Bloomberg. March 25, 2014.
“The operator of the bulk carrier that collided with a barge carrying fuel oil in the Houston Ship Channel…” (read more)

 

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 26, 2014

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

Poll reports Texans see restoring wetlands as crucial
By Matthew Tresaugue, The Houston Chronicle. March 25, 2014.
“Most Texans see restoring the state's wetlands, dunes and barrier islands as a critical issue, a new survey shows…” (read more)

Coast Guard working to reopen shipping channel (+video)
By Michael Graczyk, Associated Press. March 25, 2014.
“As workers in bright yellow suits picked quarter-sized "tar balls" out of the sand along Galveston Bay…” (read more)

Environmentalists, officials cautiously optimistic by effects of Texas oil spill on wildlife
By Juan A. Lozano and Nomaan Merchant, Associated Press. March 25, 2014.
“Peering through binoculars and small portable telescopes mounted on tripods, two conservationists stood…” (read more)

Galveston Bay spill not massive but still challenging
By Rick Jervis, USA Today. March 25, 2014.
“On the surface, the recent oil spill into Galveston Bay may appear to be a much smaller, more manageable…” (read more)

New 'Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map' aims to prevent deaths during hurricane season
By Margaret Orr, WDSU (New Orleans, La.). March 25, 2014.
“The National Hurricane Center developed a Potential Storm Surge Flooding Map…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 25, 2014

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

Fish Embryos Exposed to Oil From BP Spill Develop Deformities, a Study Finds
By Michael Wines, The New York Times. March 24, 2014.
“Embryos of tuna and amberjack that were exposed to crude oil collected from the Deepwater Horizon spill developed…” (read more)

The Afterlife of Oil Spills
By Bryan Walsh, Time. March 24, 2014.
“The PNAS study isn’t the first to blame the BP oil spill for lingering problems with Gulf marine life…” (read more)

BP oil spill linked to heart defects in tuna and amberjack, new study says
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. March 24, 2014.
“Oil from BP’s Macondo well has again been linked to heart defects in embryonic and newborn bluefin and yellowfin tuna and in amberjack, key commercial, open water fish…” (read more)

Report: Oil spill causes damage in embryonic fish
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. March 25, 2014.
“Tuna and amberjack embryos developed abnormal hearts after being exposed to oil from…” (read more)

Shrinking Coast, Sinking Land Discussed at Louisiana Forum
By Susan Buchanan, The Huffington Post Green. March 25, 2014.
“Speakers at last week's State of the Coast or SOC 2014 conference at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans…” (read more)

Startups tackling coastal, water issues take center stage at 4th Annual Water Challenge pitch
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. March 24, 2014.
“Can the greater New Orleans area take a long history fighting and wrangling the coastal environment…” (read more)

Monday at New Orleans Entrepreneur Week: finding a $50,000 idea for coastal issues and how to attract talent to startups
By Mark Waller, The Times-Picayune. March 24, 2014.
“The sixth edition of New Orleans Entrepreneur Week, expected to draw 5,000 attendees, opened over the weekend…” (read more)

AgCenter: Ag, fisheries & wildlife contributed $11.8 billion to Louisiana economy in 2013
By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press. March 24, 2014.
“Louisiana's agricultural economy had its second straight record year in 2013…” (read more)

Gulf of Mexico's recovery, future discussed at Houston summit this week
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. March 24, 2014.
“Science, conservation and business experts are gathering in Houston this week to discuss the Gulf of Mexico’s current state…” (read more)

Spilling Over
By Raillan Brooks, Audubon Magazine. March 25, 2014.
“Texas City, at the mouth of the Houston Ship Channel, was the site of a massive oil spill on Saturday…” (read more)

After Oil Spill, Coast Guard Prepares To Open Houston Ship Channel
By Eyder Peralta, NPR. March 24, 2014.
“As the Coast Guard prepares to open the Houston Ship Channel after an oil spill over the weekend, environmentalists…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 24, 2014

March 24, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

BP oil spill trial's final phase to determine fines will stretch into 2015
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. March 21, 2014.
“It's approaching four years since the sprawling lawsuit against BP and its partners in the  Macondo oil well…” (read more)

Tar balls believed to be from BP spill wash up on West Ship Island, Mississippi officials say
By Associated Press. March 22, 2014.
Mississippi environmental authorities say oil debris found this week on state barrier islands…” (read more)

Spreading the tale of the coast
Editorial, The Houma Courier (Houma, La.). March 22, 2014.
“The story of Isle de Jean Charles is a cautionary tale about what could happen to all of coastal Louisiana…” (read more)

New rules for Louisiana's Natural and Scenic Rivers System in effect
By Alexandria Town Talk (Alexandria, La.). March 22, 2014.
“New rules governing the Louisiana’s Natural and Scenic Rivers System are now in effect…” (read more)

Justice Dept. seeks at least $197M in fines against CITGO in Lake Charles spill
By Richard Burgess, The Advocate. March 24, 2014.
“The Justice Department wants a federal judge to fine CITGO Petroleum at least $197 million…” (read more)

Scientists: Gulf able to absorb methane from oil spill
By Doug Blackburn, The Tallahassee Democrat (Fla.). March 23, 2014.
“In some respects, the Gulf of Mexico may be less fragile than many people feared in the aftermath…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 21, 2014

March 21, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Rita Benson LeBlanc: Pelicans name tied to Louisiana's resilience and coastal restoration
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. March 21, 2014.
“For Rita Benson LeBlanc, insisting on the right to change the name of the New Orleans Hornets to Pelicans…” (read more)

BP Partner Anadarko E-Mails Seen Showing Role in Well
By Jef Feeley and Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg. March 21, 2014.
“Anadarko Petroleum Corp. officials urged BP to drill deeper into the Gulf of Mexico well…” (read more)

OysterBreak, a new coastal restoration system, to appear in Entrepreneur Week's Water Challenge
By Jed Lipinski, The Times-Picayune. March 21, 2014.
“Like many young men who grew up fishing, crabbing and swimming on the Gulf Coast…” (read more)

Film shows erosion's toll on community
By Xerxes Wilson, The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). March 21, 2014.
“Explaining the complexity of coastal Louisiana's land loss crisis to those outside the state will be a heavy task…” (read more)

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Latest Mississippi River Delta News: March 20, 2014

March 20, 2014 | Posted by Ashley Peters in Latest News

Think Tank, Dr. John Lopez
By Garland Robinette, WWL Radio (New Orleans, La.). March 19, 2014.
“River diversions are a major part of the backbone of our $50 billion plan to save our coastline…” (read more)

Louisiana's coastal insects still dying from BP oil spill, researcher says (+video)
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. March 19, 2014.
“Insects living in wetland grasses along Louisiana's coast oiled in the aftermath of the 2010 BP Deepwater…” (read more)

BP Scraps Renewable Energy Goal After Investing $8.3 Billion
By Louise Downing, Bloomberg Businessweek.
“BP recovering from an oil spill that may cost it as much as $42 billion, said it hasn’t set a new target…” (read more)

BP oil spill doc 'Vanishing Pearls,' focusing on plight of Louisiana fishers, picked up for distribution
By Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune. March 19, 2014.
“The BP oil-spill doc "Vanishing Pearls," made by native New Orleanian and first-time filmmaker Nailah Jefferson…” (read more)

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