Latest Mississippi River Delta News: September 5, 2012

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Old oil washes up on some Louisiana beaches after Isaac; tests to see if it’s from BP spill
The Associated Press. September 5, 2012.
“NEW ORLEANS — Old oil has washed up on some Louisiana beaches after Hurricane Isaac and officials are testing whether it’s left over from BP”s Deepwater Horizon spill in 2010…” (Read more)

La. officials close 12 miles of coastline after Isaac washes up tar balls, oil from BP spill hotspot
By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). September 4, 2012.
“The state is closing a 12-mile section of Gulf coastline from Caminada Pass to Pass Fourchon after Hurricane Isaac washed up large areas of oil and tar balls at the location of one of the worst inundations of BP oil during the Deepwater Horizon disaster of 2010…” (Read more)

U.S. lays out examples of “gross negligence” by BP
Reuters. September 5, 2012.
“The U.S. Justice Department is ramping up its rhetoric against BP PLC for the massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, describing in new court papers examples of what it calls “gross negligence and willful misconduct.”

The court filing is the sharpest position yet taken by the U.S. government as it seeks to hold the British oil giant largely responsible for the largest oil spill in U.S. history…” (Read more)

DOJ language crushes BP oil spill settlement hopes
By Sarah Young and Sinead Cruise, Reuters. September 5, 2012.
” Hopes BP can settle early out of court on liability for its 2010 U.S. Gulf oil spill looked forlorn on Wednesday after U.S. prosecutors laid out a legal case for gross negligence on which tens of billions of dollars hang…” (Read more)

‘It was a Katrina for some,’ says Louisiana senator, as displaced residents question preparedness
Fox News. September 4, 2012.
“Although the newly installed levee system in Louisiana is being heralded a success after its first major test last week in the form of Hurricane Isaac, low-lying areas outside the levees suffered serious damage from flooding…” (Read more)

Fight for more levee protection begins
By Rob Masson, WVUE-TV. September 4, 2012.
“New Orleans, La. – The state office of Homeland Security estimates that nearly 13,000 homes were impacted by Hurricane Isaac. Most of them are outside the new levee improvements for Orleans, Jefferson and St. Bernard Parishes…” (Read more)

In southern La., residents blame levees for floods
The Associated Press. September 5, 2012.
“LAPLACE, La. — At the urging of residents who have long felt forgotten in the shadow of more densely populated New Orleans, the Army Corps of Engineers says it will look into whether the city’s fortified defenses pushed floodwaters provoked by Hurricane Isaac into outlying areas…” (Read more)