Our campaign in the news
- Barataria Bay, 4 Years After The Deepwater Horizon Disaster
By Eileen Fleming, WWNO. April 16, 2014.
“As Sunday’s four-year anniversary of the BP oil spill approaches, environmental groups headed out…” (read more)
- Four years after BP spill, questions linger
By John DeSantis, The Tri-Parish Times (Houma, La.). April 15, 2014.
“Carey Perry, science director for the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana, went along for the Wildlife Federation…” (read more)
- BP oil spill choked off important pelican nesting sites on Louisiana coast
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. April 11, 2014.
“The immediate impact of the lost nesting sites is likely to be felt more by humans than the birds, said Melanie Driscoll, the National Audubon Society’s director of bird conservation for the Gulf Coast…” (read more) (Cross-posted here)
- Nearly 4 years later, researchers gather data to realize full impact of Deepwater Horizon disaster (+video)
By Rachel Wulff, WDSU. April 10, 2014.
“"This is one example of the erosion. You can see across that gap — that didn't exist before. The marsh has been eaten back," said Melanie Driscoll…” (read more)
- Four years after BP disaster, erosion quickens along Gulf shore (+video)
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. April 11, 2014.
“After the oil spill, marsh grass along this same stretch of marsh looked burned, and as that marsh grass died, the land under it eroded, said Alisha Renfro…” (read more)
- 4 years after BP spill, environmental impacts persist (+video)
By Paul Murphy, CBS News. April 10, 2014.
“Once the vegetation is lost, you'll see that the soil no longer has that root system to hold it in place and it will start to erode from the wave action, " said Natalie Perronnin…” (read more)
- Assessing the BP Spill, 4 Years later
By Rob Masson, WVUE (New Orleans, La.). April 10, 2014.
“4 years after the BP spill, environmentalists say areas that got oil appear to have accelerated land loss. "Years ago they were vibrant islands full of pelicans, spoonbills and egrets,"Melanie Driscoll with the National Audubon Society said…” (read more)
- Louisiana's Coastline Is Disappearing Too Quickly for Mappers To Keep Up
By Stephanie Garlock, The Atlantic Cities. March 4, 2014.
“Each year, this part of the coastline loses around 16 square miles of land, according to David Muth, the state director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration Project…” (read more)
- Live chat Thursday: What should be done to rebuild the Louisiana coast?
By Steve Myers, The Lens. Feb. 26, 2014.
*David Muth joining for live, text-based chat
“This week, The Lens published columns with opposing views about how to rebuild the sinking Louisiana coast…” (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. We don’t generally have to face with dread the danger of crevasses and flooding each spring…” (read more)
- Tracking spending of BP spill money, restoration projects, green building should be focus of 2014 stories, readers say
By The Times-Picayune. Feb. 7, 2014.
“Keeping track of the billions of dollars to be spent on natural resources restoration projects in Louisiana and other Gulf Coast states in the aftermath of the BP oil spillwas the top issue raised during an impromptu roundtable of environmental leaders in New Orleans this week…” (read more)
- Point man on La. coastal issues moves on, leaving a large legacy
By Annie Snyder, E & E Publishing. Feb. 5, 2014.
“Louisiana's point man on coastal issues, who led a major overhaul of the state's storm protection and wetlands restoration programs…” (read more)
- Jindal coastal adviser Garret Graves resigns, effective Feb. 17
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 4, 2014.
“Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Garret Graves who oversaw the expansion of the authority into an office overseeing a multi-billion-dollar Louisiana coastal restoration and hurricane levee program, has resigned his position, effective Feb. 17…” (read more)
- Graves to step down from state’s coastal protection agency
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Feb. 4, 2014.
“After six years as the leader of coastal restoration for the state of Louisiana, Garret Graves is stepping down effective Feb. 17…” (read more)
- Diversions are a critical tool for reversing Louisiana land loss: Douglas J. Meffert
By Doug Meffert, Op-Ed, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 4, 2014.
“Polls indicate that most Louisianans agree that we need swift, urgent restoration to offset our state's coastal land loss crisis…” (read more)
- Local birding group to hear Muth report
By Jimmy Watson, The Shreveport Times. Jan. 13, 2014.
“David Muth, director of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Program, under the auspices of the National Wildlife Federation, will speak at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday at the Shreveport Bird Study Group meeting in the LSUS Science Lecture Auditorium…” (read more)
- Intensive review begins of Louisiana's plans to rebuild ravaged coastal wetlands
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 8, 2014.
“The Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Restore or Retreat organization have banded together as the Restore the Mississippi River Delta Campaign, and helped finance part of the cost of initial studies of the proposed Myrtle Grove restoration, which has become the state’s Mid-Barataria Diversion…” (read more)
- For BP cleanup, 2013 meant 4.6 million pounds of oily gunk (+Audio)
By Debbie Elliott, NPR. Dec. 21, 2013.
“…But environmentalists say the fact that 4.6 million pounds was collected this year — more than three years after the disaster — is telling. "You put that much oil into an ecosystem, and you're going to be living with the consequences of it for a long, long time," says David Muth with the National Wildlife Federation in New Orleans…” (read more)
- Nature has a role to play in coastal protection
By Steve Cochran, Letter to the Editor, The Washington Post. Dec. 15, 2013. “Regarding the Dec. 9 news article “Study says U.S. can’t keep up with loss of its wetlands”: Last year, as part of ongoing efforts to reverse losses in the Mississippi River Delta, Louisiana’s governor proposed and its state legislature passed a Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast…” (read more)
- Inside Report: Finding the lost Bayou Bienvenu [sic] Wetland Triangle
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Dec. 10, 2013.
“…The signs are a project from the Lower 9th Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, the Environmental Defense Fund, the National Wildlife Federation, the National Audubon Society, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, all joined by universities and other organizations over the years in studying and working on wetland restoration and awareness…” (read more)
- Feds open comment period for spending BP funds
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Dec. 6, 2013.
“…Praise for the announcement poured in from elected officials as well as representatives from a number of nonprofit organizations focused on coastal Louisiana, including the National Wildlife Federation, Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La…" (read more)
- La. to get $68 million in barrier island, diversion projects
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Nov. 16, 2013.
“ "We look forward to continued work with both the National Fish and Wildlife Foundation and the State of Louisiana to implement the Mid-Barataria sediment diversion on its current timeline of being ready for construction in 2015.” The groups that signed on to the joint statement were the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation.” (read more)
- Former swamp to teach about wetlands restoration
By The Associated Press. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
“The governor's coastal restoration czar, Garret Graves, is among officials coming to New Orleans' Lower 9th Ward to unveil signs at a platform overlooking 440 acres of brackish water dotted with cypress stumps…” […] “The Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development, Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation worked together on the project.” (read more)
- New tool educates on wetlands loss (+Video)
By Mike Hoss, WWL TV (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 15, 2013.
“…”It’s our hope that these signs will raise awareness and inspire people to get involved and to help the community achieve its' vision for the restored Bayou Bienvenue wetland triangle,” said Amanda Moore of the National Wildlife Federation…” (read more)
- New signs explain importance of restoring cypress in Bayou Bienvenue Wetlands Triangle next to the Lower 9th Ward (+Video)
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 15, 2013.
“…The signs were erected through the joint efforts of the Lower Ninth Ward Center for Sustainable Engagement and Development and the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Coalition, which incudes the Environmental Defense Fund, National Wildlife Federation, National Audubon Society, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation…” (read more)
- New push for coastal awareness, tourism in Lower 9 (+Video)
By Rob Massen, WVUE TV (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 15, 2013.
“…A coalition of environmental groups unveiled new signs today, to make sure visitors get the message. "I hope they understand, how important restoration is," said Amanda Moore with the National Wildlife Federation, one of the sponsors…” (read more)
- Gulf states get first $113M from oil spill pleas
By Jeff Amy, Associated Press. Nov. 14, 2013.
"The Barataria Basin has one of the highest rates of land loss in the world, and this large-scale wetland restoration project is crucial to reversing that trend," the Environmental Defense Fund, National Audubon Society, National Wildlife Federation, Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and the Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation said in a joint statement.” (read more)
- Environmentalists fear streamlining in water resources bills could lead to projects like MRGO
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Oct. 24, 2013.
“Regulatory streamlining provisions in both House- and Senate-passed water resources bills could lead to poorly conceived projects like the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet (MRGO), environmental advocates said Thursday…” (read more)
- Oil disaster trial phase 2: BP vs. reality
By Andreas Merkl (Ocean Conservancy), Huffington Post Green. Oct. 22, 2013.
“It's been more than three years since the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster grabbed worldwide attention. The explosive blowout that tragically claimed the lives of 11 workers on board the rig in April 2010 also unleashed an unprecedented amount of oil that flowed uncontrolled into the Gulf of Mexico for 87 days…” (read more)
- What BP owes America
By David Yarnold, Politico. Oct. 18, 2013.
“The BP oil spill civil trial in U.S. district court in New Orleans is an important moment for the future of the Gulf Coast, the efficacy of U.S. environmental protections and the accountability of corporations under the rule of law…” (read more)
- Louisiana outdoor industries recovering from storms, oil spills
By Tony Garitta, The Dispatch (Lexington, N.C.). Oct. 18, 2013.
“…David Muth of the National Wildlife Federation and director of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration program spoke of the group's efforts to restore the flow of the Mississippi River to its dying delta…” (read more)
- Phase 2 of BP trial focuses on amount of spilled oil (+Audio)
By Jeff Brady, NPR. Oct. 8, 2013.
“In a New Orleans courtroom this week, BP and the federal government are arguing over how much oil gushed into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010…” (read more)
- The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — The RESTORE Act
By Bob Marshall, WWNO (New Orleans). Oct. 7, 2013.
“We spoke with David Muth, Director of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Project for the National Wildlife Federation…” (read more)
- Eyebrows raised over BP spill claims
By UPI. Oct. 1, 2013.
"The National Wildlife Federation is questioning claims by BP regarding the amount of oil spilled in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico spill…" (Read more)
- BP lied about size of U.S. Gulf oil spill, lawyers tell trial
By Kathy Finn, Reuters. Sept. 30, 2013.
“In the frantic days after the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, BP lied about how much oil was leaking from its Macondo well and took too long to cap it, plaintiffs' lawyers said on Monday at the opening of the second phase of the company's trial…” (Read more)
- Environmental groups target BP as second phase of oil spill trial begins
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Sept. 30, 2013.
“A variety of environmental groups are using the resumption Monday (Sept. 30) of the federal trial of BP and its drilling partners over liability for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill as an opportunity to demand BP properly compensate the public for the oil spill's damage…” (Read more)
- BP returns to court over Deepwater Horizon spill as $18bn in fines loom
By Suzanne Goldenberg, The Guardian. Sept. 29, 2013.
"BP's lawyers will fight attempts to fine the oil group up to $18bn (£11bn) over the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, when a new trial opens in New Orleans on Monday…" (Read more)
- Second phase of BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill trial begins
By Julie Cart, Los Angeles Times. Sept. 29, 2013.
The second phase of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill trial begins Monday in New Orleans, restarting a legal juggernaut that could saddle the energy giant with the largest environmental penalty in U.S. history.." (Read more)
- BP battles for billions in new Gulf trial phase
By Terry Wade and Andrew Callus, Reuters. Sept. 27, 2013.
"BP will battle to hold down fines that could hit $18 billion in a new phase of the Gulf of Mexico trial that will rule on how much oil it spilled in 2010 and judge its efforts to plug its well…" (Read more).
- Oyster shells to be recycled to provide fishing habitat, aid in coastal restoration
By Andrew Canulette, Louisiana Sportsman. June 7, 2013.
"For generations, oyster lovers have filed into Acme Oyster House and Drago’s to sample the succulent bivalves plucked from Louisiana waters. Now, those landmark restaurants are joining with the Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana to help protect Louisiana’s shoreline for future generations…" (Read more)
- Restoring The Gulf With Oil Money
By Jeff Johnson, Chemical & Engineering News. June 3, 2013.
"First came the oil, and now comes the money.That’s a fact not likely to be lost on the residents of the Gulf of Mexico who want retribution for pain and suffering caused by the BP Deepwater Horizon oil disaster three years ago…" (Read more)
- The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — The Shape We're In Now
By Bob Marshall, WWNO (New Orleans). May 13, 2013.
"If you enter New Orleans in a Google search you’ll get words and images that echo the city’s unofficial motto: laissez les bon temps rouler, let the good times roll…"(Read more)
- Washington Watch: Oil disaster recovery a matter of opinion
By Jordan Blum, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). May 12, 2013.
"Praised be!More than three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster, the Gulf of Mexico and the Gulf states are back and virtually better than ever.That is, at least, according to BP…" (Read more)
- Using the Mississippi River to rebuild Louisiana's coast: David Muth
By David Muth, National Wildlife Federation, for The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). May 5, 2013.
"Coastal experts have been telling us since Katrina that our marshes are getting perilously close to a tipping point. If we don't act very quickly, we may be too late. We lacked a plan, and we lacked money. Now we have both…" (Read more)
- Mud Wrestling: Skeptics question plans for rebuilding coastal Louisiana
By John Snell, WVUE-TV. May 1, 2013.
"Breton Sound, La. — George Ricks yanks a clump of Spartina grass from a dying marsh in St. Bernard Parish…" (Read more)
- Gulf Coast still waiting for funds after spill
By Deborah Barfield Berry and Mary Orndorff Troyan, Gannett Washington Bureau. April 19, 2013.
"WASHINGTON — Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill polluted the Gulf Coast's ecosystem and hammered its economy, the region is still waiting on billions of dollars in fines and other payments from BP…" (Read more)
- Gulf Spill Cleanup Continues 3 Years Later, Full Impact Not Yet Known
By Stacey Plaisance and Janet McConnaugey, The Associated Press. April 19, 2013.
"BAY JIMMY, La. (AP) — At first glance, the marshy, muddy coastline of Bay Jimmy in southeast Louisiana appears healthy three years after the nation's worst offshore oil spill…" (Read more)
- BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill draws wide array of comments on 3rd anniversary
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). April 19, 2013.
"A variety of elected officials and representatives of industry and environmental organizations are marking Saturday's third anniversary of the blowout of the BP Macondo well…" (Read more)
- First phase of BP spill trial comes to an end
By Reuters. April 17, 2013.
"The first phase of a trial to determine blame for BP Plc's 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill came to an end on Wednesday, with the judge allowing 80 days for the determination of findings and conclusions…" (Read more)
- BP oil spill cleanup continues, three years after blowout
By John Upton, Grist. April 17, 2013.
"As the three-year anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon blowout approaches, laborious efforts to remove mats of oil and tar balls are still underway along Gulf of Mexico shorelines…" (Read more)
- BP oil spill trial continues as demonstrators note upcoming 3-year anniversary of disaster
By Richard Thompson, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). April 16, 2013.
"A former Transocean executive testified Tuesday (April 16) that a key piece of equipment intended to shut down BP's Macondo oil well in an emergency would have succeeded if its automatic mode function had worked…" (Read more)