Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Nov. 20, 2013

St. Bernard Council message to state Legislature: no river diversions allowed
By Bob Marshall, The Lens (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 19, 2013.
“In what it sees as a blunt message to the state Legislature, the St. Bernard Parish Council today plans to pass an ordinance prohibiting construction of the river diversions within its jurisdiction called for in the state’s 2012 Master Plan for the Coast. (Update: The measure passed.)…” (read more)

Mississippi officials to discuss flood control options, including dam on Pearl River
By Robert Rhoden, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 19, 2013.
“Mississippi officials will be in St. Tammany Parish Wednesday night to discuss flood control options being studied in Jackson, Miss., including a proposal to dam the Pearl River. The St. Tammany Parish Council passed a resolution in September expressing its opposition to a dam, saying it could strangle the flow of water to the Pearl River in Louisiana, damaging wetlands and threatening marine life…” (read more)

BP says deepwater settlement only covers matched revenue
By Sean McLernon, Law 360. Nov. 19, 2013.
“BP PLC continued its push to limit the scope of payments from its estimated $7.8 billion Deepwater Horizon settlement, arguing in Louisiana federal court on Monday that true economic loss as defined in the deal must match revenue with expenses…” (read more)

Ousted levee authority member John Barry forms organization to support suit against energy companies
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 19, 2013.
“Deposed Southeast Flood Protection Authority East vice president John Barry on Tuesday announced the creation of Restore Louisiana Now …” (read more)

Proponent of oil and gas lawsuit forms nonprofit, has poll showing broad support
By Bob Marshall, The Lens (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 19, 2013.
“As he announced Tuesday the formation of the organization Restore Louisiana Now, John Barry said a key motivation was public opposition to political meddling in the local levee authority’s lawsuit against oil and gas companies, a strategy the Jindal Administration has promised to use…” (read more)