Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Nov. 8, 2013
State cuts funding to levee authority that sued oil and gas companies
By Bob Marshall, The Lens (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 7, 2013.
“It isn’t often that an agency has its state funding eliminated, and rarer still when one says it can do its job after that axe falls. But that’s what the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East said after learning Thursday that the Jindal administration had eliminated its entire $500,000 state appropriation — in what some observers believe is political payback for its lawsuit against oil and gas companies…” (read more)
Flesh eating bacteria tied to BP oil spill tar balls
By Peter Albrecht, WKRG News (Mobile, Ala.). Nov. 7, 2013.
“The Alabama Gulf Coast attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors every year, and since the 2010 BP Oil Spill, tens of thousands of tar balls…” (read more)
Louisiana permits coal terminal adjacent to $300M wetlands restoration project
By Kristan Uhlenbrock, Think Progress. Nov. 7, 2013.
“On Friday, President Obama is set to deliver a speech in New Orleans on the need to “grow the economy and create jobs by increasing our exports.” And despite issuing an executive order earlier this month to help communities prepare for climate change, Obama is not expected to address the fact that another coal export terminal is on track to be built in the fragile region…” (read more)
Weather batters already bruised Grand Isle
By Carolyn Scofield, WVUE (New Orleans, La.). Nov. 6, 2013.
“The waves crashed against the rocks, carving out the sand and churning up tar balls. Small clumps of hardened oil littered the beach…” (read more)
Protecting the taxpayer’s share of natural resource revenues on public lands and oceans
By Matt Lee-Ashley, Jessica Goad, Michael Madowitz, and Michael Conathan, Center for American Progress. Nov. 8, 2013.
“Each year, taxpayers earn more than $11 billion from the natural resources developed from the public lands and oceans that belong to them and which federal agencies manage on their behalf…” (read more)
Ahead of Obama visit to New Orleans, Jindal says president can ‘learn from Louisiana’
By Lauren McGaughy, The Times Picayune. Nov. 7, 2013.
“The day before President Barack Obama makes a visit to New Orleans, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal attacked him on four fronts, saying his stances on education, health care, energy and economic growth are hurting the American people…” (read more)