Latest Mississippi River Delta News: July 9, 2013

07.09.2013 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Gulf Tourism Depends on a Healthy Gulf
Press Release. The Wall Street Journal. July 9, 2013.
“NEW ORLEANS, July 9, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — The coastal environment of the Gulf of Mexico supports a $19 billion annual wildlife tourism industry that is highly dependent on critical investments in coastal environmental restoration, according to a survey released today by Datu Research LLC…” (Read more).

As hurricane season nears peak, battle rages over how to rebuild coastal Louisiana
By John Snell. WVUE – Fox 8 News (New Orleans, La.). July 8, 2013.
East Plaquemines Parish, La. — Charter boat captain Ryan Lambert puts the loss of 1,900 sq. miles of coastal Louisiana into perspective, pointing out it’s like losing three Lake Pontchartrains. Lambert, who fiercely defends the state’s plans to rebuild parts of coastal Louisiana, notes, “We have lost our protection…” (Read more).

Justice, Louisiana Style
By Joe Nocera. The New York Times. July 8, 2013.
“You can actually pinpoint the moment when the oil company BP began to get hosed in Louisiana: March 2012.  By then, BP had paid out around $6.3 billion to some 220,000 people and businesses in the Gulf Coast region for damages suffered as a result of the 2010 oil spill…” (Read more).

Coastal restoration creates Plaquemines marshes
By Bill Capo. WWLTV (New Orleans, La.). July 8, 2013.
“BELLE CHASSE, La. — It’s a trip down tiny, twisting bayous into the heart of Nature’s beauty: tall grass, flocks of birds, huge hyacinths, even cows grazing. “Nobody ever comes on the good side,” said Captain Ryan Lambert of Cajun Fishing Adventures. “Everybody always takes you to the bad side…” (Read more).

Court hears BP leak challenge
By Kevin McGill. The Associated Press. July 8, 2013.
“NEW ORLEANS BP PLC is being forced to pay inflated and even “fictitious” claims to businesses because of the way a court-appointed administrator is making payments from a legal settlement following the 2010 oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico, an attorney for the oil giant said Monday…” (Read more).

New oyster shell recycling program announced
By Terri Sercovich. The Plaquemines Gazette (Plaquemines Parish, La.). July 8, 2013.
“The Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (CRCL) and Shell Oil Company are proud to announce the creation of the first oyster shell recycling program in Louisiana. The Louisiana Oyster Shell Recycling and Reef Restoration Program, to be managed by CRCL, is made possible by a $1 million philanthropic gift from Shell Oil Company…” (Read more).