Latest Mississippi River Delta news: Sept. 6, 2013
Treasury releases RESTORE rules
By The Washington Bureau, The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Sept. 6, 2013.
“WASHINGTON – The U.S. Treasury announced Thursday night newly proposed federal rules to govern and hand out the funds generated from the RESTORE Act legislation signed into law last year that originated from the 2010 BP oil disaster…” (read more).
Leaders of levee board reform say Jindal threats violate spirit of 2006 changes
By Jeff Adelson, The Advocate (Baton Rouge). Sept. 6, 2013.
“In the weeks since it filed suit against almost 100 oil and gas companies, a New Orleans-area levee board has been in the cross-hairs of Gov. Bobby Jindal and state lawmakers, united in an effort to get the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority — East to drop its case…” (read more).
BP, feds offer dueling Gulf oil spill estimates as second phase of trial approaches
By The Associated Press. Sept. 5, 2013.
“With a high-stakes trial set to resume in less than a month, BP and the federal government on Thursday offered conflicting estimates of how much oil spilled into the Gulf of Mexico after the blowout of the company’s Macondo well triggered a deadly explosion…” (read more).
New research: Ancient bayous pull water from the Mississippi, creating ‘missing river’
By Kari Harden, The Lens (New Orleans). Sept. 5, 2013.
“The Mississippi River is mighty big. So what else is new? How about this: For all the effort to line the river’s banks with levees and shunt the continent’s biggest drainpipe to the Gulf of Mexico, as much as 5 to 10 percent of the water goes missing before it ever gets there…” (read more).
BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill RESTORE Act regulations released by Treasury
By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Sept. 5, 2013.
“The U.S. Department of the Treasury on Thursday announced a new proposed regulation to govern the spending of billions of dollars of Clean Water Act fines to restore the Gulf Coast in the aftermath of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill…” (read more).
Oil-gas industry, local levee board clash over AG’s authorization of board’s lawsuit
By Bruce Eggler, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). Sept. 5, 2013.
“First the two sides argued about the extent of the oil and gas industry’s responsibility for loss of Louisiana’s wetlands and erosion of its coastline, and whether the industry should pay for repairing the damage…” (read more).
BP Wants To Halt Deepwater Horizon Claims Process
By Eve Troeh, NPR. Sept. 5, 2013.
“BP is fighting the settlement it agreed to last summer that let the oil company avoid thousands of potential lawsuits over the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill…” (read more).