Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Nov. 5, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Diversions?
By Bob Marshall, WWNO (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 4, 2013.
“Anyone following the development of the Master Plan for the Louisiana coast knows that the central part of the plan is also its most controversial: large scale river diversions, opening the levees on the sides of the Mississippi River south of New Orleans to let the silt-carrying Mississippi out into these sinking deltas to begin rebuilding them…” (read more)

President to visit New Orleans
By Jordan Blum, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Nov. 4, 2013.
“President Barack Obama will visit New Orleans on Friday, Nov. 8, to discuss the economy, the White House confirmed Friday. The president is planning to discuss the importance of taking measures to grow the economy and create jobs by increasing exports. Additional details of his visit are scarce…” (read more)

Court to review approval of BP settlement
By Associated Press. Nov. 4, 2013.
“A year ago, lawyers for BP and Gulf Coast residents and businesses took turns urging a federal judge to approve their settlement for compensating victims of the company’s massive 2010 oil spill…” (read more)

BP tells 5th Circuit to throw out private oil spill settlement if business claims rules aren’t fixed
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 4, 2013.
“The U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals should throw out a multi-billion-dollar settlement of private claims against BP stemming from the April 2010 Macondo well blowout if a lower court judge refuses to require businesses to prove their losses were caused by the accident and spill, a BP attorney argued Monday…” (read more)

Larry Rase of Mandeville appointed to Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation
By Robert Rhoden, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 4, 2013.
“Larry Rase of Mandeville has been appointed by Gov. Bobby Jindal to the Governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection, Restoration and Conservation…” (read more)

River corridor between N.O., BR is home for much of state’s industrial boom
By Richard Thompson, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Nov. 4, 2013.
“Louisiana is enjoying its biggest industrial boom since the oil bust in the 1980s, and much of the action — tens of billions of dollars of investment — is happening along the 70-mile corridor between New Orleans and Baton Rouge…” (read more)