Latest Mississippi River Delta News: October 5, 2012
Let us spend BP's oil-spill fines
Editorial, The Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal. October 4, 2012.
"Any settlement between BP and the federal government over fines from the 2010 oil spill must include guarantees that the counties in the affected states have broad leeway in how the money is spent…" (Read more)
GoCoast 2020 Commission must be coastwide effort
Editorial, The Mississippi Press. October 4, 2012.
"The GoCoast 2020 Commission must be a coastwide effort to make sure we get the most bang for the RESTORE Act billions coming our way in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill…" (Read more)
In Pensacola, John Boehner says he supports RESTORE Act
By Nate Monroe, The Pensacola News Journal. October 4, 2012.
"U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, affirmed his support for the recently passed RESTORE Act during a quick and low-key appearance in Pensacola on Thursday morning at a local GOP fundraiser…" (Read more)
Florida Sen. Bill Nelson: Send BP fines to the Gulf Coast
By George Talbot, The Press-Register (Mobile, Ala.). October 4, 2012.
"U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., said in a new letter to President Barack Obama that control of fine money paid by BP for the 2010 oil spill should be with the Gulf Coast states and not the federal government…" (Read more)
In New Orleans, Entergy Prepares for the Next Big One
By Nicholas Kusnetz, Bloomberg Businessweek. October 4, 2012.
"At the end of a long dirt road, past bayous and housing developments west of New Orleans, sits a tranquil swamp of cypress and tupelo trees that could prove key to this region’s future. In September, the power utility Entergy (ETR), which serves 2.8 million customers along the Gulf Coast and in Arkansas, announced that it had developed a new framework to compensate landowners for preserving swamps like this one…" (Read more)
America's levees, dams, navigation projects will decay without new money sources, report says
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). October 4, 2012.
"America’s vast network of levees, dams, navigation structures and hydroelectric power facilities will continue to decay if the president and Congress don’t find new ways to pay to for their maintenance and operation, and fail to prioritize new projects that are already approved, according to a new study released Thursday by the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council…" (Read more)