Latest Mississippi River Delta News: June 28, 2013
Determining how much oil spilled from BP’s Gulf well ‘not an easy task,’ judge says
By Richard Thompson. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). June 27, 2013.
“Determining how much oil was released from BP’s runaway Macondo well during the 86 days crude flowed into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 will be a challenge, the federal judge overseeing the sprawling civil trial said during a status conference Thursday…” (Read more).
Unsealed BP report could slash Gulf oil spill penalties by billions
By Harry R. Weber. The Houston Chronicle. June 27, 2013.
“A London petroleum engineering professor hired by BP claims the U.S. government overestimated by 50 percent the amount of oil that spewed from the company’s undersea Gulf of Mexico well in 2010. The finding could cut the maximum Clean Water Act penalties…” (Read more).
Inadequate federal grant money dims hopes of flood-weary Mandeville residents
By Kim Chatelain. The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). June 27, 2013.
“Cheryl Stephenson and her husband James moved into their 102-year-old home near the Mandeville lakefront in late August of 2012, two days before Hurricane Isaac pushed flood waters and debris through the historic neighborhood…” (Read more).
EcoMyths: Does living near a wetland mean your home is at greater risk for being flooded?
By Kate Sackman. WBEZ’s 91.5 Worldview (Chicago, Il.). June 27, 2013.
When last April’s massive storms waterlogged basements across the Midwest, Environmental Protection Agency and municipal hotlines were flooded with calls from angry homeowners blaming the damage on the proximity of wetlands to their homes…” (Read more).
Our mutual reliance on the ocean
By The Daily Comet (Lafourche, La.). June 26, 2013.
“The people of coastal Louisiana are familiar with the dangers of the encroaching sea. The Gulf of Mexico harbors a host of dangers, many of which spring from or are exacerbated by the rising sea level, our sinking land and our eroding coast….” (Read more).