Latest Mississippi River Delta News: November 7, 2012
2 more BP spill early restoration projects gain preliminary approval
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). November 6, 2012.
“Two projects to restore nesting areas for shorebirds and sea turtles in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi, totaling $9 million, have received preliminary approval from federal and state trustees for the BP oil spill, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Tuesday. BP will pay for the projects from a $1 billion fund the company has set aside after an explosion at its deep water Macondo well sent 4.1 million barrels of oil into the Gulf in 2010…” (Read more)
Sandy shows costs of climate change
By Andrew Holland, Senior Fellow for the American Security Project, for The Hill. November 6, 2012.
“America is not prepared for a changing climate. Hurricane Sandy vividly demonstrated this by cutting off our greatest city, sending half of Manhattan into darkness, and turning the boardwalks and houses of JerseyShore into matchsticks. The estimates are that this storm will ultimately cost over $20 billion in insured losses, and $50 billion in economic loss…” (Read more)
Bayou Liberty’s preservation will be focus of public hearing
By Katherine Sayre, The Times-Picayune. November 6, 2012.
“The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries will hold a public hearing Wednesday in Slidell seeking input on how to preserve Bayou Liberty as a scenic river in the future. Bayou Liberty begins just south of Highway 36 near St. Tammany and stretches south to Slidell, where it meets with Bayou Bonfouca and into Lake Pontchartrain…” (Read more)
GoCoast 2020 Commission gives Jackson County leaders update on its work
By Jay Hughes, The Mississippi Press. November 6, 2012.
“PASCAGOULA, Mississippi — Mississippi’s commission created to offer advice on how to best invest the state’s portion of federal RESTORE Act funds anticipated as a result of the BP oil spill is ready to prepare a final report for the governor…” (Read more)