Latest Mississippi River Delta News: February 7, 2013
Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council announces public hearings in Louisiana
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). February 6, 2013.
“The Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council, set up by the RESTORE Act to oversee the spending of the Clean Water Act fine from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill, will hold a series of public meetings in Louisiana in mid-February. The meetings will allow the public to suggest ideas for in a Comprehensive Plan for Gulf Coast Restoration, required under the act…” (Read more)
Justice Department recommends approval of $1 billion Clean Water Act fine for Transocean in BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. February 6, 2013.
“The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday asked a federal judge to approve a $1 billion fine against Transocean, the owner of the ill-fated Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, for violation of the federal Clean Water Act…” (Read more)
Asbury H. Sallenger Jr., Coastal Risks Expert, Dies at 63
By Cornelia Dean, The New York Times. February 6, 2013.
“Asbury H. Sallenger Jr., a leader in the nation’s research on the causes and effects of sea level rise, storms and other coastal hazards, collapsed and died on Tuesday at his home in Oldsmar, Fla. He was 63…” (Read more)
Obama’s Choice to Lead Interior Dept. Has Oil Sector and Conservation Credentials
By John M. Broder, The New York Times. February 6, 2013.
“WASHINGTON — President Obama on Wednesday nominated Sally Jewell, the chief executive of Recreational Equipment Inc., to lead the Interior Department, with a vow that she will balance the agency’s sometimes conflicting mandates to promote resource development and preserve the nation’s natural heritage…” (Read more)