Latest news: December 1, 2011

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Gulf of Mexico oil spill damage money should be spent with public input, advocacy groups say

By John Pope, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). November 30, 2011.

“The public must be involved in determining how to spend the $1 billion BP has promised as an advance payment for environmental damages caused by last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, and the process must be as transparent as possible, a network of environmental and community groups said Wednesday in New Orleans…”

Restoration could benefit from slow sinking

By Nikki Buskey, Houma Courier. November 30, 2011.

“A Cocodrie scientist said his research shows Louisiana is sinking more slowly than in previous years, a phenomenon that could translate into cost and time savings for coastal-restoration projects…”

Oil payouts for fishermen get a boost

By Nikki Buskey, Houma Courier (Lafourche Parish, La.). November 30, 2011.

“After a hard fall season for many of the area’s fishermen and processors, Gulf oil-spill claims chief Ken Feinberg announced Wednesday that he would double payments for shrimpers and crabbers damaged by the BP oil spill and its aftermath…”

Salty threat to our coast

By Jeff Zeringue, The Daily Iberian. December 1, 2011.

“Another story was published Wednesday about how coastal erosion impacting the state, but will anyone other than people in South Louisiana take notice? For decades residents, environmental advocates, conservationists and some public officials have been crying out for help, but it appears none is on the way…”

Legislator blasts seafood marketing board

By Eric Besson, Tri-Parish Times. December 1, 2011.

“Louisiana’s legislative auditor is examining the board in command of spending $30 million in BP-appropriated funds to promote and market Louisiana’s seafood, the auditor’s office confirmed Monday…”

Another annual milestone

By the Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). November 30, 2011.

“Another hurricane season has come and gone, and we’re still here. That in itself is an achievement, but one we cannot assume will last forever…”

Lawmaker wants fishermen’s oil spill claims mediated

By Eric Besson, Tri-Parish Times. December 1, 2011.

“A state lawmaker is appealing to the governor’s office for help in achieving solvency for coastal residents who are losing revenue attributable to last year’s BP oil spill yet haven’t received their “due payments” from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility…”