Latest Mississippi River Delta News: October 18, 2012
BP could reap billions of dollars in tax credits from oil spill settlement
By George Talbot, The Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.). October 18, 2012.
“BP, which caused the biggest environmental catastrophe ever seen on U.S. shores, may be poised to receive the biggest tax break in American history as a result of it…” (Read more)
Hurricane churned up Deepwater Horizon oil
“NEW ORLEANS, Oct. 18 (UPI) — Hurricane Isaac churned up about 565,000 pounds of oil from the Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico, leading to criticism about BP’s cleanup efforts…” (Read more)
Later, much later, still no criminal charges in oil spill
By Loren Steffy, The Houston Chronicle. October 16, 2012.
“The Clean Water Act turns 40 years old Thursday. It’s a little soon for it to be losing its teeth…” (Read more)
BP settlement could remove local control
By Nikki Buskey, The Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). October 17, 2012.
“Gulf Coast lawmakers and environmental officials are cautiously weighing rumors that the federal government may steer money from a BP settlement on oil spill environmental fines away from the Restore Act…” (Read more)
Leader Frustrated Over Restore Act
Local 15 TV. October 17, 2012.
“(FAIRHOPE, Ala.) Frustration and anger tonight from state leaders over money from the BP oil spill disaster. Mayors from Mobile and Baldwin counties met with state leaders to discuss funds from the Restore Act…” (Read more)
Forum takes aim at threats facing the Mississippi River
By Tom Charlier, The Commercial Appeal (Memphis, Tenn.). October 17, 2012.
“Beginning with the dams and levees along its upper reaches and ending with the vanishing marshlands near its mouth, the Mississippi River carries the harmful legacy of decades’ worth of alterations as it winds its way to the Gulf of Mexico, conferees in Memphis were told Wednesday…” (Read more)
Corps award of $630 million pump, closure contract challenged by two bidders
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). October 17, 2012.
“Two construction and engineering companies have challenged the awarding by the Army Corps of Engineers of a $629.5 million contract to design and build permanent closures and pump stations at the end of the 17th Street, Orleans Avenue and London Avenue drainage canals in New Orleans. Bechtel Infrastructure Corp. and CBY Design Builders filed the challenges with the Government Accountability Office, an arm of Congress, on Monday…” (Read more)