Latest Mississippi River Delta News: October 15, 2012
Task force agrees to keep West Bay project open
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). October 13, 2012.
"NEW ORLEANS — A federal-state coastal restoration task force voted Wednesday to rescind its 2010 decision to close the West Bay diversion coastal restoration project in lower Plaquemines Parish…" (Read more)
Coast Guard approves plan by BP and Transocean to identify source of sheen at site of Deepwater Horizon disaster
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). October 12, 2012.
"The U.S. Coast Guard announced Friday night that it approved a joint plan from BP and Transocean to identify the source of a sheen in the Gulf of Mexico that testing has indicated was from oil that originated from BP's failed Macondo 252 well. The plan includes satellite observations and mobilizing remotely operated vehicles to examine the original Macondo well area, including the wreckage, debris and the riser piping that now lies on the sea floor, the Coast Guard news release said…" (Read more)
Southerland: RESTORE funds a rare opportunity
By Tim Croft, The Star. October 12, 2012. The News Herald (Fla.).
" APALACHICOLA — Think not just good, but great.
That is what Congressman Steve Southerland, R-Panama City, urged commissioners from Gulf, Franklin and Wakulla counties during an informational meeting Thursday on the RESTORE Act…" (Read more)
Senators hear coastal concerns
By Matthew Albright, The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). October 13, 2012.
"Houma-Thibodaux government, levee and port officials got a chance to pitch energy and coastal-restoration ideas Saturday to an influential member of the U.S. Senate…" (Read more)
Voice of the Wetlands festival enters final day
By Matthew Albright, The Daily Comet. October 13, 2012.
"Tab Benoit stood in the heart of the Voice of the Wetlands festival Saturday casually stirring an enormous pot of red beans and sausage. Music from the festival's two live stages blended where he stood — the right ear heard bluesy guitar while the left heard a rollicking accordion solo…" (Read more)