Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 24, 2013
Scientists examine oil spill’s impact on oysters
By Nikki Buskey, The Houma Courier (Terrebonne Parish, La). June 24, 2013.
“HOUMA, La. — More than three years since the BP oil spill, an LSU AgCenter scientist is working to determine how oil impacted oysters, which have been struggling to recover since 2010. Jerome La Peyre, a scientist who specializes in oyster diseases in the LSU AgCenter School of Animal Sciences, is studying the effect of oil…” (Read more).
Congress must ensure the affordability and availability of flood insurance
By John Young, The Times-Picayune Editorial (New Orleans). June 22, 2013.
“The Biggert-Waters Flood Insurance Reform Act of 2012 overhauled the National Flood Insurance Program and set an aggressive timeline to increase flood insurance premium rates. These changes aim to make the program solvent…” (Read more).
BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill lawyers offer familiar storylines in post-trial pitches to judge
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). June 21, 2013.
“Two months after the first phase of the BP Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial ended, lawyers on both sides on Friday submitted hundreds of pages of post-trial briefs, making their last pitch to the federal judge overseeing the sprawling case about whether any or all of the companies involved…” (Read more).
Embattled BP settlement claims lawyer resigns amid probe
The Associated Press. June 21, 2013.
“For months, BP has complained that a Louisiana attorney who is administering its settlement with tens of thousands of Gulf Coast businesses and residents has made decisions that expose the company to what could be billions of dollars in fictitious claims arising from the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.” (Read more).
Plaintiffs ask judge to impose punitive damages over spill
By Harry R. Weber, The Houston Chronicle. June 21, 2013.
“Plaintiffs claiming harm from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill pressed a judge Friday to hammer BP, Transocean and Halliburton with punitive damages, insisting that overwhelming evidence shows the companies willfully disregarded the environment and worker safety.” (Read more).