Latest Mississippi River Delta News: April 9, 2013

04.09.2013 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

BP Begins Its Defense Of 2010 Gulf Oil Spill
NPR Morning Edition. April 9, 2013.
“In New Orleans, BP has begun calling its first witnesses in a trial to determine who and what’s to blame for the massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill. BP likely will spend the next two weeks presenting its defense. Then the plaintiffs will have time to respond…” (Read more)

BP trial witness says well ‘drilled safely’ in Gulf oil spill
By Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press. April 8, 2013.
“BP’s first witness at a trial over the deadly Deepwater Horizon disaster testified Monday that he believes the company safely drilled its Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico before an April 2010 blowout triggered the worst U.S. offshore oil spill…” (Read more)

BP: Negligent, but not grossly?
By Shelley DuBois, Fortune. April 8, 2013.
“FORTUNE — Three years after BP’s Gulf oil spill, the company must legally prove that it messed up, but it didn’t mess up that bad…” (Read more)

An explosion in oil-munching bacteria made fast work of BP oil spill, scientist says
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). April 8, 2013.
“Much of the oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the Deepwater Horizon explosion in 2010 disappeared within weeks of the capping of BP’s Macondo well on July 15, digested by a massive explosion in oil-eating microorganisms, said Terry Hazen, a professor of environmental biology at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville, during a Monday panel at the national conference of the American Chemical Society in New Orleans…” (Read more)

BP Sued by Vantage for $265 Million Jump in Costs
By Laural Brubaker Calkins and Margaret Cronin Fisk, Bloomberg News. April 8, 2013.
“Vantage Drilling Co. (VTG) sued a BP Plc unit over what it claims was a $265.5 million increase in financing costs stemming from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill…” (Read more)

Frequent cold fronts can push shrimp out of marshes; fish will follow
By Todd Masson, The Times-Picayune. April 9, 2013.
“Jack Frost may not be a vampire, but he certainly refuses to die. Most anglers would love to sharpen their cane poles and jab them straight through his little, frigid heart…” (Read more)

How Coal Exports Scum up our Wetlands
By Scott Eustis, Gulf Restoration Network. April 8, 2013.
“Eric de Place and David Kershner of have recently written a summary of how coal exports can scum up our wetlands…” (Read more)