Latest Mississippi River Delta News: September 17, 2012
Time for BP's Fantasy to Turn Into Payback for the Gulf
By David Yarnold, president of the National Audubon Society, for the Huffington Post. September 14, 2012.
"What's the difference between BP paying $5.4 billion to repair the epic mess it created along the Gulf Coast and the $21 billion check it should write? Two words: "grossly negligent…" (Read more)
L.A. Times editorial missed the point; we need oil royalties to save the coast
Editorial, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). September 14, 2012.
"Louisianians are used to educating people from other parts of the country about our plea for a fair share of oil revenues produced off our coast. But it's a bit unexpected to have to explain the environmental and fiscal merits of revenue sharing to the editorial board of the Los Angeles Times…" (Read more)
Plaquemines Parish can't seem to catch a break
By Rick Jervis, USA Today. September 16, 2012.
"WEST POINTE A LA HACHE, La. — Adolph Landry has weathered storm after storm across five decades in this small Plaquemines Parish community: from Hurricane Betsy in 1965, to Camille four years later, to Katrina in 2005…" (Read more)
La. Highway 1 vulnerable to storm surge
The Associated Press. September 15, 2012.
"PORT FOURCHON, La. – The two-lane stretch of Louisiana Highway 1 that cuts through the marshes of south Lafourche Parish is the only road to Port Fourchon, the oil and gas hub that serves 90 percent of deepwater petroleum operations in the Gulf of Mexico…" (Read more)
Wetland damage from Isaac evaluated
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). September 17, 2012.
"Hurricane Isaac and the storm surge it brought to the Louisiana coast tore up marsh grass, contributed to land loss and left behind large “wrack fields” made of torn-up vegetation…" (Read more)
BP, plaintiffs attorneys say discovery request should be rejected
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. September 14, 2012.
"A request by Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell, an organization representing fishers and other attorneys to reopen discovery in advance of approval of a $7.8 billion settlement of private claims against BP for damage caused by the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill should not be approved, say attorneys representing BP and the Plaintiff Steering Committee that negotiated the settlement. The plaintiff committee attorneys also said allegations of collusion between members of the committee and BP during negotiations are unfounded…" (Read more)
Breeding program may save pine snake
By John Hayes, Pittsburgh Post-Gazzette. September 15, 2012.
"While visitors watch the animals at Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium, a world of research is taking place behind the exhibits…" (Read more)