Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Aug. 6, 2013

08.06.2013 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Environmental Groups Seek Stronger Storm Guidelines for Oil and Gas Plants
By Eileen Fleming. WWNO 89.9 (New Orleans, La.). Aug. 6, 2013.
“A coalition of environmental groups is recommending tougher regulations on oil facilities to prevent possible leaks after severe storms. The group looked at damage reports filed after Hurricane Isaac last year.  The Gulf Monitoring Consortium formed two years ago to double check government efforts at preventing pollution…” (Read more).

BP presents evidence of fraudulent claims, demands temporary halt of claims payments again
By Mark Schleifstein. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Aug. 6, 2013.
“BP on Monday renewed its request for a federal judge to temporarily halt the payment of millions of dollars of economic claims stemming from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, charging it has found new evidence of improper payment of claims by an employee at a Mobile, Ala., claims office…” (Read more).

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Funding The Master Plan
By Bob Marshall. WWNO 89.9 (New Orleans, La.). Aug. 5, 2013.
“When Louisiana officials unveiled the $50-billion Master Plan for the Coast, a 50-year program that could prevent most of southeast Louisiana from sinking under the Gulf by the end of the century as predicted, they knew one of their most important priorities would be getting reliable, long-term funding through Congress…” (Read more).

Levee lawsuit already mired in politics
Opinion by Stephanie Grace. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Aug. 5, 2013.
“If you’re trying to stay above politics, it’s probably not a great idea to jump into the middle of the great industry-versus-trial-lawyer debate.  That’s where Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East finds itself these days, thanks to its epic lawsuit demanding that roughly 100 oil and gas companies…” (Read more).

Treasury moves ahead with BP spill restoration rule
By Ben Geman. The Hill (Washington, D.C.). Aug. 5, 2013.
“The Treasury Department is getting ready to steer billions of dollars in civil penalties from the 2010 BP oil spill to Gulf Coast states for ecological and economic restoration.  The department sent a proposed rule to the White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) Friday to implement the Restore Act…” (Read more).

Letter: Why shouldn’t oil and gas companies pay?
Opinion by Alfred Sunseri. The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Aug. 5, 2013.
“While I have known and become friends with Gov. Bobby Jindal and Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Garret Graves over nearly 20 years, I have to disagree with the position they have taken opposing the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East’s recent lawsuit…” (Read more).

Whales tell the tale of BP oil spill
By Kimberly Blair. Pensacola News Journal (Fla.). Aug. 5, 2013.
“You might think the BP oil spill disaster is behind us.  But it’s not, according to scientists for Operation Toxic Gulf.  The scientists are out in the Gulf of Mexico trying to determine the long-term impacts of the 2010 oil spill and the controversial use of dispersants used to break up the oil…” (Read more).