Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Sept. 27, 2013
BP battles for billions in new Gulf trial phase
By Terry Wade and Andrew Callus, Reuters. Sept. 27, 2013.
“BP will battle to hold down fines that could hit $18 billion in a new phase of the Gulf of Mexico trial that will rule on how much oil it spilled in 2010 and judge its efforts to plug its well…” (read more).
Motion: Toss BP supervisors’ manslaughter charges
By Janet McConnaughey, Associated Press. Sept. 26, 2013.
“NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Lawyers for two BP rig supervisors charged with manslaughter in the Deepwater Horizon disaster say the indictment should be dismissed because prosecutors accuse the men of violating standards that didn’t exist when an explosion killed 11 workers on April 20, 2010…” (read more).
Don’t allow Gov. Jindal to hijack levee authority nominations: Sandy Rosenthal
Opinion by Sandy Rosenthal, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Sept. 27, 2013.
“Garret Graves, speaking for Gov. Bobby Jindal, recently told the nominating committee for the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East that the governor would refuse to approve the reappointment of John Barry and Tim Doody should the committee recommend either of them…” (read more).
Loyola-backed documentary on MRGO to be subject of free screening
By Mike Scott, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Sept. 26, 2013.
“Eight years after the Mississippi River Gulf Outlet received the bulk of the blame for flooding much of the New Orleans metro area during Hurricane Katrina, Loyola University introduces its new documentary “MRGOing, Going, Gone?,” a film that explores the “wetlands destruction, coastal erosion, flooding, political wrangling and mismanaged public resources” the now-closed shipping channel wrought on the region…” (read more).
James Gill: Graves shows why lawsuit is needed
Column by James Gill, The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Sept. 27, 2013.
“Garret Graves, Gov. Bobby Jindal’s point man on coastal restoration, makes a compelling case. He should by now have convinced all doubters that the state ought to sue the oil and gas companies that have spent about a century ravaging our wetlands…” (read more).
BP opens the next chapter of its ongoing Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial on Monday in the US courts
By Rob Davies, Daily Mail. Sept. 26, 2013.
“BP opens the next chapter of its Gulf of Mexico oil spill trial on Monday knowing that it is only one third of the way through a US courtroom drama in which the stakes could not be higher…” (read more).