Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Jan. 26, 2015

In oil spill trial, first BP expert witness to testify about effectiveness of response
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 26, 2015
“BP will call its first witnesses Monday (Jan. 26) as it seeks a penalty lower than the $13.7 billion the federal government wants for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The company’s experts will testify to the effectiveness of BP’s effort to minimize the spill’s impact.” (Read More)

BP’s finances ‘better today than prior to the oil spill,’ can handle $13.7B fine, witness testifies
By Jennifer Larino, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 23, 2015
“BP’s financial position is “better today than it was prior to the oil spill,” leaving the company more than able to pay the maximum $13.7 billion penalty the government is seeking for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, a forensic accounting expert testified Friday (Jan. 23).” (Read More)

Letter: Restoring Gulf Coast is best outcome from BP disaster
By Rebecca Triche (Louisiana Wildlife Federation), The Advocate. Jan. 25, 2015
“Even before the spill, Louisiana had no shortage of coastal restoration challenges. Obviously, we have considerably more challenges now as a result of the spill. As we get closer to finding out the extent of the damage and how much BP will be fined, we urge everyone to remember why this money is coming to the Gulf.” (Read More)

State coastal experts beginning study to assess costs, benefits of river diversions
By Bob Marshall, The Lens. Jan. 23, 2015
“The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority has begun a study to analyze the effects to the fisheries, the economy and the communities in the receiving basins over the next 50 years if diversions are built, as well as what will happen if nothing is done.” (Read More)

CPRA Chair Jerome Zeringue being replaced by Chip Kline, Gov. Bobby Jindal announces
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 23, 2015
“Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chairman Jerome ” Zee” Zeringue has resigned his position and will be replaced by Chip Kline, Gov. Bobby Jindal announced on Friday (Jan. 23). Kline currently serves as the deputy director for the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities.” (Read More)

Ask the Advocate: That’s an awful lot of football fields
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 26, 2015
“When we say 16.6 square miles per year that is hard for anyone to visualize. Put it in terms of a football field, something everyone has seen, and now everyone can understand what a significant problem our state is facing?” (Read More)

Editorial: BP owes Gulf Coast millions
NWF Daily News. Jan. 21, 2015
“The U.S. government is right to insist that BP pay billions of additional dollars in environmental penalties for its 2010 oil spill, and we hope it prevails in federal court in New Orleans.” (Read More)