Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Aug. 23, 2013

08.23.2013 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Restoration panel adds scientific oversight to plan for spending spill fines
By Annie Snider, Energy & Environment. Aug. 22, 2013.
“The federal-state panel tasked with overseeing the billions of dollars expected to flow to the Gulf Coast from civil fines related to the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill yesterday released a final plan for how it will spend the money on restoring the region’s ecosystems and economies…” (read more).

Gulf oil spill trial’s 2nd phase to last 16 days, judge says
By The Associated Press. Aug. 22, 2013.
“A federal judge says he expects the second phase of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico to last 16 days…” (read more).

Analyst: Wetlands plan doesn’t have enough money
By Jean-Paul Arguello, The Daily Comet (Houma, La.). Aug. 22, 2013.
“The 50-year master plan the Legislature approved last year to restore wetlands has a $50 billion budget, but that isn’t enough according to a financial analyst…” (read more).

BP works toward culture of safety after 2010 oil spill
Opinion by C.T. Carley, MSU professor emeritus. Hattiesburg American. Aug. 21, 2013.
“After an accident-marred decade, BP is no longer “beyond petroleum.” It is now a smaller and vastly better managed company than the one Mississippian Bob Dudley took over when he became BP’s chief executive officer in the aftermath of the disastrous Deepwater Horizon oil spill three years ago…” (read more).

Don Briggs: Coastal lawsuit a money grab, impure and simple
Opinion by Don Briggs, Louisiana Oil and Gas. The Advertiser (Lafayette, La.). Aug. 22, 2013.
“The battle between public opinion and truth is under way. Dozens of editorials, newspaper articles and reports have now been written regarding the South Louisiana Flood Protection Authority East’s accusation that the oil and gas industry has caused massive erosion and land loss for the coast of Louisiana…” (read more).

BP argues it’s being bilked in spill claims
By Zack Colman, The Hill. Aug. 23, 2013.
“BP has launched a public relations offensive to argue it is being bilked for fraudulent damages related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill…” (read more).

Levee board, Jindal administration remain at odds over lawsuit after hints of reconciliation
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. Aug. 22, 2013.
“So much for olive branches, or for the Jindal administration calling the oil and gas industry to to the table to discuss its role in damaging coastal wetlands…” (read more).

BP Oil Spill Claims Deadline Likely to Be Extended
By Andrew Callus, Reuters. Aug. 23, 2013.
“The April 2014 deadline for compensation claims against BP over its U.S. oil spill is almost certain to be extended, say both side of the legal settlement that governs payouts, possibly into 2015…” (read more).