Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 3, 2013

07.03.2013 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Jean Lafitte National Historical Park: Louisiana’s wild
By Alison Bath. USA TODAY. July 3, 2013.
“Not far from New Orleans sits Barataria Preserve — a diverse treasure trove of hardwood forests, marshes and swamps teeming with wildlife. Alligators, snakes, nutria and more than 200 species of birds are just some of the animals that make Barataria their home…” (Read more).

Tar mats prompt Louisiana to close small area off Grand Terre
The Associated Press. July 2, 2013.
“NEW ORLEANS | The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has closed an area off East Grand Terre Island to all but recreational rod and reel fishing because tar mats were removed from the area last week…” (Read more).

DOTD announces plan to elevate I-10 in LaPlace, I-55 in Ponchatoula
By Juliet Linderman. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). July 2, 2013.
“In the wake of Hurricane Isaac, which made sections of Interstate 10 in LaPlace and Interstate 55 in Ponchatoula impassable, the Department of Transportation and Development announced a project to elevate the highways…” (Read more).

BP compensation fund for Gulf oil spill victims at risk of running out
By Dominic Rushe. The Guardian. United Kingdom. July 2, 2013.
“BP could soon run out of cash in the compensation fund set up for victims of the Deepwater Horizon disaster, unless it is successful in a legal challenge that will be heard in court next week. The company has been fighting the compensation formula drawn up to pay businesses and individuals harmed by the 2010 spill…” (Read more).

Ex-FBI director to review BP settlement program
By Michael Kunzleman. The Associated Press. July 2, 2013.
“NEW ORLEANS (AP) – A federal judge has appointed former FBI Director Louis Freeh to conduct an independent investigation of alleged misconduct by a lawyer who worked for the court-supervised administrator of BP’s multibillion-dollar settlement…” (Read more).

Trial delay sought in former BP exec’s Gulf oil spill criminal case
By Harry Weber. The Houston Chronicle. July 2, 2013.
“Lawyers for both sides are seeking a five-month  delay in the trial of  a former BP executive charged with lying to federal officials about the amount of oil that was flowing from the company’s undersea well in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010…” (Read more).