Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Oct. 21, 2013
What BP owes America
By David Yarnold, Politico. Oct. 18, 2013.
“The BP oil spill civil trial in U.S. district court in New Orleans is an important moment for the future of the Gulf Coast, the efficacy of U.S. environmental protections and the accountability of corporations under the rule of law…” (read more)
Crucial wetlands report is overshadowed by government shutdown
By Bob Marshall, Field & Stream. Oct. 18, 2013.
“We’ve just lived through more proof that politics is part of the wider ecosystem that determines the health of fish and wildlife habitat. Here’s why…” (read more)
Gulf ecosystem in crisis after BP spill
By Dahr Jamail, Al Jazeera. Oct. 20, 2013.
“Hundreds of kilograms of oily debris on beaches, declining seafood catches, and other troubling signs point towards an ecosystem in crisis in the wake of BP’s 2010 oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico…” (read more)
3 mln pounds of oil found on Louisiana shore 3 years after BP spill
By Jemima Kelly, Reuters. Oct. 18, 2013.
“The amount of oil found on Louisiana’s coast has surged this year, three years after BP’s Macondo spill in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, the state’s Coastal Protection & Restoration Authority said…” (read more)
State unhappy that California group has said to avoid Louisiana shrimp
By Xerxes Wilson, The Houma Courier (Houma, La.). Oct. 18, 2013.
“The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has fired back after Louisiana shrimp were “red-listed” by a California aquarium’s seafood program…” (read more)
High tides delay oil cleanup near Fourchon Beach
By Associated Press. Oct. 19 ,2013.
“Authorities say more than two tons of matted tar, sand and other mattern has been hauled from an area near Fourchon Beach but high tides have delayed a complete cleanup…” (read more)
MDEQ seeks oil spill restore ideas
By Associated Press. Oct. 18, 2013.
“The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality has created a web site where the public can submit ideas for how to revitalize the Gulf Coast after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill…” (read more)
Arguments conclude in BP trial on size of Gulf spill
By Kathy Finn, Reuters. Oct. 18, 2013.
“Lawyers for BP and the federal government concluded their arguments on Friday in the second phase of a trial to determine the size of the 2010 U.S. Gulf oil spill, a finding that will be used to set a fine against BP under the Clean Water Act…” (read more)
How much oil did BP spill in Deepwater Horizon disaster? Trial wraps up over estimates
By Associated Press. Oct. 18, 2013.
“Two weeks of courtroom debate over how much oil spewed into the Gulf of Mexico after BP PLC’s 2010 rig disaster came to an end Friday…” (read more)
BP disputes 2010 Gulf spill estimate
By Al Jazeera. Oct. 18, 2013.
“Lawyers for the Justice Department and BP – the oil company largely responsible for spilling millions of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 – finished arguing in court on Friday…” (read more)
Treaty could boost oil industry
By John Harper, The Daily Comet (LaFourche, La.). Oct. 19, 2013.
“If a bill the Senate passed last week can make it past the House of Representatives, more than a million acres of long-forbidden territory will open to offshore drilling to the delight of local companies and politicians…” (read more)
Maritime training expands to meet Louisiana Gulf demand
By Susan Buchanan, Maritime News. Oct. 18, 2013.
“Employers are hiring in coastal Louisiana, especially as offshore drilling picks up in the Gulf of Mexico. Companies are concerned about finding enough skilled workers in a locally tight labor market…” (read more)
New Orleans continues getting attention for its exporting strength
By Mark Waller, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Oct. 20, 2013.
“After reports in August and September praising New Orleans for the volume and growth of its product exporting, the city continued to win attention this month with an article on the NewGeography Internet site that focuses on economic development in metropolitan areas…” (read more)