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  • Two-year-old breach in Mississippi River could be formally named ‘Mardi Gras Pass’
    By Bob Marshall, The Lens. July 11, 2014.
    “When the Mississippi River broke through its east bank south of Pointe à la Hache…” (read more)
  • Climate change a threat to New Orleans region, officials warn
    By Jeff Adelson, The New Orleans Advocate. June 6, 2014.
    ”We need levees to protect the municipalities, and we need wetlands to protect our levees,” Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation…” (read more)
  • Group of local leaders worry that climate change could impact La.'s coast (+video)
    By Meg Farris, WWL TV. June 5, 2014.
    “A group of local leaders is using this first week of hurricane season to sound an alarm…” (read more)
  • New Orleans legislators, environmentalists call for action to stop global warming (+video)
    By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. June 5, 2014.
    "Several New Orleans state legislators joined a group of environmental leaders on Thursday to warn…” (read more)
  • West Bank Spotlight: Westwego Rotary gains insight into Mississippi River delta restoration issues
    By Yetoria L. DeShazier, The New Orleans Advocate. June 4, 2014.
    “Eden Davis, greater New Orleans outreach coordinator for the Restore the Mississippi River Delta organization…” (read more)
  • What To Do With Bayou Bienvenue? (+audio)
    By Laine Kaplan-Levenson, WWNO. June 2, 2014.
    “The Bayou Bienvenue Wetland Triangle of today is what is called a “ghost swamp”. Until the 1960s, it was a full of cypress trees…” (read more)
  • Letter: Bills would commit state to restoring vanishing coast
    Letter to the Editor by Michelle Maloney, The Advocate. May 18, 2014.
    “As Louisiana continues to address the ongoing land loss crisis in our coastal zone, the legislature is considering two bills, HB148 and HB490…” (read more)
  • Still Counting Gulf Spill’s Dead Birds
    By Mark Schrope, The New York Times. May 5, 2014.
    “Melanie Driscoll, an ornithologist with the Audubon Society in Baton Rouge, La., said the work has “tremendous value…” (read more)
  • BP Oil Spill Still Affecting The Gulf [PART 2] (+video)
    By Dave Malkoff, The Today Show. April 26, 2014.
    "Large predators like dolphins and sea turtles are still dying in large numbers around the gulf coast 4 years after the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill…" (watch here)
  • BP Says Gulf Cleanup Over 
    By Steve Curwood, NPR – Living on Earth. April 25, 2014.
    “There’s a saying about ecology that it’s not rocket science, it’s a lot more complicated than that…” (read more)
  • Oil Spill Still Impacts Wildlife (+video)
    By The Weather Channel. April 24, 2014.
    "Oil spill leaves lasting impacts on the Mississippi; damage to both plants and animals remain…" (read more)
  • Oil Spill Dissolving Wetlands (+video)
    By Chad Petri, WKRG. April 22, 2014.
    “Four years after deepwater horizon a lot of the damage in this part of Louisiana comes in what you don't see…” (read more)
  • The BP spill four years later 
    By David Yarnold, McClatchy News. April 21, 2014.
    “Four years after the largest offshore oil disaster in U.S. history, scientists are still trying to come to terms with the toll that the Deepwater Horizon…” (read more)
  • Four Years After The Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, The Gulf Is Still Suffering 
    By Kate Valentine, Think Progress. April 20, 2014.
    “…David Muth, Director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Mississippi River Delta Restoration campaign, told ThinkProgress. “So you’re compounding a problem that already existed.” (read more)
  • Evidence shows gulf wildlife continues to suffer 4 years after spill
    By Chris Miller, WWL Radio (New Orleans, La.). April 19, 2014.
    “Easter Sunday this weekend also happens to be the fourth anniversary of the Deepwater Horizon rig explosion …” (read more)
  • BP Oil spill four years later: Return to Barataria Bay and Cat Island (+video)
    By Julia Kumari Drapkin, The Times-Picayune. April 18, 2014.
    “When a crew of journalists and environmental groups studying the effects of the BP Deepwater Macondo oil spill…” (read more)
  • 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)
  • Scientists fear BP blowout killed far more birds than officially reported
    By Bob Marshall, The Lens. April 15, 2014.
    “Almost from the start wildlife advocates described the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a war on the Gulf ecosystem…” (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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • Former swamp to teach about wetlands restoration 
    By The Associated Press. Friday, Nov. 15, 2013.
    “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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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).
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)