Latest Mississippi River Delta News: November 30, 2012
Louisiana lining up major restoration projects to build with BP oil spill fine money
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). November 29, 2012.
“Louisiana officials are scrambling to prepare plans for dozens of coastal restoration projects in anticipation of the arrival of billions of dollars in BP oil spill fine money, the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority was told Wednesday…” (Read more)
Contract Ban, Civil Litigation Add To BP’s Woes
By Debbie Elliot, NPR Morning Edition. November 29, 2012.
“The multinational oil firm BP is being taken to account for the massive 2010 spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Yesterday, the Obama administration banned BP from any new contacts with the federal government, citing, quote, “a lack of business integrity” related to the spill – that after BP admitted criminal wrongdoing in its recent settlement with the U.S. Justice Department…” (Read more)
BP Caught Off Guard
By Selina Williams, The Wall Street Journal. November 29, 2012.
“When U.S. authorities said they were temporarily suspending BP BP.LN -0.37% from new contracts with the Federal government due to a “lack of business integrity” demonstrated by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, there were strong indications that BP had been caught off guard…” (Read more)
Coast Guard approves underwater inspection of BP well, Deepwater Horizon wreckage for oil
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. November 29, 2012.
“The Coast Guard announced Thursday that it has approved another investigation of the BP Macondo wellhead and nearby wreckage of the Deepwater Horizon drillship to determine if they may be the source of a recurring sheen at the site…” (Read more)
2012 hurricane season ends
The Advocate. November 30, 2012.
“New Orleans — Hurricane season 2012 might be over, but its effects linger, thanks to Hurricane Isaac, the Category 1 storm that surprised many when it left New Orleans unscathed but inundated parts of Plaquemines Parish, crippled St. John for weeks and created a mess in parts of St. Tammany and Jefferson parishes…” (Read more)
Wildlife official: Big Lake manatee likely headed back to warmer waters
By Gerron Jordan, KPLC-TV. November 29, 2012.
“CAMERON PARISH, LA (KPLC) – Big Lake is home to serene boat launches, beautiful lakefront homes, natural wildlife and manatees?
No, not the latter … Manatees are the dolphin-like marine animal sometimes referred to as “sea cows.” They’re native to the Florida region, but early this month, one was spotted right here in Southwest Louisiana…” (Read more)