Latest Mississippi River Delta News: February 26, 2013

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Witnesses To Take The Stand In BP Trial
By Steve Inskeep and Debbie Elliot, NPR Morning Edition. February 26, 2013.
“A federal judge will hear testimony Tuesday in a civil suit over who is to blame and who should be financially liable for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico…” (Read more)

High Stakes Trial Begins for BP Gulf Oil Spill
Associated Pres. February 25, 2013.
“With billions of dollars at stake, the trial to figure out how much more BP and other companies should pay for the nation’s worst offshore oil spill began Monday in New Orleans…” (Video)

BP Spill Trial Set To Open In New Orleans
By Michael Kunzelman, The Associated Press. February 25, 2013.
“NEW ORLEANS — BP put profits ahead of safety and bears most of the blame for the disastrous 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico, a U.S. Justice Department attorney charged Monday at the opening of a trial that could result in the oil company and its partners being forced to pay tens of billions of dollars more in damages…” (Read more

Accusations Fly as Trial Over Gulf Oil Spill Begins
By Tom Fowler, The Wall Street Journal. February 25, 2013.
“NEW ORLEANS—The much-anticipated Deepwater Horizon trial began with a flurry of finger pointing here Monday, as lawyers for BP BP.LN -1.56% PLC, Transocean Ltd., RIGN.VX -3.99% Halliburton Corp., HAL +0.88% the federal government, Gulf Coast states and local businesses traded barbs over who is to blame for the deadly 2010 explosion and oil spill…” (Read more)

Oil spill trial begins for BP, Transocean, other companies: Blame game marks the first day
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). February 25, 2013.
“Opening day at the long-awaited civil trial against BP and its partners in the ill-fated Macondo oil well at times sounded like a group of youngsters blaming everyone but themselves for a bad deed…” (Read more)

New Data Reveals Sea Level Is Rising Fastest in Louisiana
By Bob Marshall, Field and Stream. February 26, 2013.
“The future of Gulf of Mexico fisheries got a grim forecast this week when the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration reported the stunning finding that its latest data indicated southeast Louisiana would be inundated with more than four feet of sea level rise by the end of the century – the highest level “on the planet.” The average elevation of that landscape is about three feet…” (Read more)

The Environmental Trial of the Century
By Aaron Viles, Gulf Restoration Network. February 25, 2013.
“Today, before opening remarks began in the “Environmental Trial of the Century” that will determine just how much BP and their partners must pay for the destruction they have wrought in the Gulf, I joined colleagues and activists to greet lawyers and media with a simple message: #MakeBPpay…” (Read more)