Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 10, 2013
Editorial: BP still trying to minimize the size of the Deepwater Horizon spill
By Editorial Board, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Oct. 9, 2013.
“The Justice Department and BP are arguing in federal court this week over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 from the company’s broken Macondo well. Justice puts the figure at 4.2 million barrels, while BP claims it is 2.45 million…” (read more)
Editorial: Storm is a reminder that oil cleanup is far from complete
By Houma Courier (Houma, La.). Oct. 9, 2013.
“…The massive job of cleanup will not be completed until the people, wildlife and environment of coastal Louisiana can withstand a future storm without dealing with even more residue in its aftermath…” (read more)
Voice of the Wetlands Festival returns to Houma
By Carolyn Scofield, WVUE Fox 8 (New Orleans). Oct. 9, 2013.
“His songs speak of love and loss, and since Tab Benoit started the Voice of Wetlands Festival in 2004, Louisiana lost more than 136 square miles of coastline. “Every time I’ve flown an airplane around here south of Houma, it’s just amazing how fast we lose land,” he said…” (read more)
Researchers studying coastal land values to aid preservation efforts
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Oct. 8, 2013.
“It’s no surprise that some coastal wetlands are more valuable than others, but the question several researchers at LSU are trying to answer is how much more valuable…” (read more)
Justice Department rests in second phase of BP oil spill trial
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Oct. 9, 2013.
“Justice Department attorneys rested their case Wednesday in the federal civil trial of BP and Anadarko Petroleum Corp., as the firms and the government continued to argue over how much oil was released into the Gulf of Mexico in the 87 days following the April 20, 2010,blowout of BP’s Macondo well…” (read more)
U.S., BP differ on size of 2010 gulf oil spill
By UPI. Oct. 8, 2013.
“Government estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico from the blowout of a BP well are too high, a federal court in New Orleans has been told…” (read more)
BP Trial Focuses on Scientists’ Oil Spill Estimations
By The Maritime Executive. Oct. 9, 2013.
“Scientists for BP and the federal government will provide U.S. District Judge Carl Barbie with very different estimates during the next 12 days of trial to determine the amount of oil spewed into the Gulf. Possible fines under the Clean Water Act could reach $18 billion, which is a fine close to BP’s annualized profits…” (read more)