Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Aug. 26, 2013

08.26.2013 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Rising Seas
By Tim Folger, National Geographic. September 2013.
“By the time Hurricane Sandy veered toward the Northeast coast of the United States last October 29, it had mauled several countries in the Caribbean and left dozens dead. Faced with the largest storm ever spawned over the Atlantic, New York and other cities ordered mandatory evacuations of low-lying areas. Not everyone complied. Those who chose to ride out Sandy got a preview of the future, in which a warmer world will lead to inexorably rising seas…” (read more).

Around Washington for Monday, Aug. 26, 2013
By Jordan Blum, The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Aug. 25, 2013.
“The federal government announced Friday that it will initiate a new study to analyze the impacts of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster and other incidents in order to better assess future offshore oil-and-gas drilling…” (read more).

Keep your eye on the ball
By Keith Magill, Executive Editor, Houma Courier and Daily Comet. Aug. 25, 2013.
“Debate over a lawsuit that demands oil companies pay for damage they caused drilling for oil in south Louisiana’s fragile wetlands came to Terrebonne Parish last week…” (read more).

Community leaders focus on climate change near 8th anniversary of Katrina
By Monica Hernandez, WWL-TV (New Orleans). Aug. 24, 2013.
“NEW ORLEANS – As we approach the eighth anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, people around Southeast Louisiana are reflecting on how far they have come come and where they can improve…” (read more).

The Gulf Coast Cleanup, BP and the Revolving Door
By John Light, Moyers & Company. Aug. 24, 2013.
“This week on the show, author Mark Leibovich uses the Deepwater Horizon oil spill as a prime example of how disasters get “managed” in Washington. He tells Bill how, while the oil was still spilling, BP assembled a bipartisan “Beltway dream team” of lobbyists, PR and advertising consultants, and media strategists to respond to the crisis and begin rehabilitating the company’s brand…” (read more).

What’s The Point Of This New BP Newspaper Ad?
By BuzzFeed Staff. Aug. 24, 2013.
“In a very questionable public relations move, BP placed the above full-page ad in the New York Times, Washington Post and Wall Street Journal…” (read more).

Corps announces proposed route for St. John levee
By Richard Thompson, The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Aug. 26, 2013.
“The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers on Friday tentatively selected a preferred alignment for an 18-mile levee that would protect St. John the Baptist Parish from Lake Pontchartrain’s surge, a year after Hurricane Isaac’s floodwaters wrought havoc in the parish and more than four decades after officials first began exploring building back levees there…” (read more).

Proposed St. John the Baptist levee would lower risk from surge in 100-year storms
By Mark Schleifstein, | The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Aug. 24, 2013.
“Almost a year after Hurricane Isaac’s surge pummeled LaPlace and nearby areas west of Lake Pontchartrain, the Army Corps of Engineers has tentatively endorsed an $881 million plan to build a levee in the east bank of St. John the Baptist Parish and to elevate more than 1,500 structures in nearby St. James Parish…” (read more).

Vicitms’ attorneys attack BP’s effort to block spill payments
By Harry R. Weber, FuelFix (Houston, Texas). Aug. 26, 2013.
“Attorneys for victims of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill say a judge should deny BP’s latest effort to halt payments from its multibillion-dollar class action settlement because the company has failed to show that any claim has been improperly calculated or paid…” (read more).

Group says La. weakened high-wind building codes
By Ted Griggs, The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Aug. 24, 2013.
“Louisiana building codes took a step backward this year when the state adopted only part of the recommendations for high-wind design for construction put forth by an international building code council, an insurance-related organization says in a report…” (read more).