Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Sept. 17, 2013

The newest land in Louisiana pours out of a pipe
By John Snell, FOX 8 News (New Orleans). Sept. 16, 2013.
“Venice, La. – Giant teeth chew at the water bottom as a dredge sucks dirt and sand from the Mississippi and a pipe snakes its wake through a few miles of marsh to a brand new island…” (read more).

Colorado flooding prompts most helicopter rescues since Hurricane Katrina, and other environmental news
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Sept. 16, 2013.
“The Louisiana Wildlife Federation has begun a billboard ad campaign to educate New Orleans area residents on the use of Mississippi River diversions to restore wetlands. The electronic billboard in downtown New Orleans features four electronic messages and is part of the organization’s “Restore the Mississippi River Delta Campaign.”…” (read more).

Gov. Bobby Jindal punishes levee board members who sued Big Oil; Chat with Jarvis DeBerry noon Tuesday
By Jarvis DeBarry, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Sept. 16, 2013.
“Gov. Bobby Jindal has been criticized repeatedly for pushing through transparency legislation for the rest of Louisiana while insisting that a black cloak of invisibility stay wrapped around the Governor’s Mansion. Louisiana residents are told to be happy at all the sunlight being focused on the legislative branch but undisturbed at the way the executive branch is allowed to operate in the shadows…” (read more).

Is this fair to BP?
Opinion by Carol Sims, Houston Chronicle. Sept. 16, 2013.
“BP’s decision to settle thousands of lawsuits arising from the terrible Gulf of Mexico oil spill in 2010 must have seemed like a good idea at the time. After all, settlements of complex litigation are supposed to provide full compensation to injured parties, while quantifying a defendant’s liability. Settlements also conserve scarce judicial resources and promote the efficient resolution of disputes…” (read more).

BP Oil Spill Cleanup Workers Are At Higher Risk Of Sickness, Cancer
By Annie-Rose Strasser, Sept. 17, 2013.
“The people who worked to clean up the Gulf of Mexico after the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill are at an increased risk of getting cancer, leukemia, and a host of other illnesses, according to a new study released Tuesday in the American Journal of Medicine…” (read more).