Latest news: December 13, 2011

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Poll Finds Florida Voters Overwhelmingly Back RESTORE Act

By Kevin Derby, Sunshine State News. December 12, 2011.

“A poll unveiled on Monday at a media event in Tallahassee by Hamilton Campaigns and Ayres McHenry & Associates revealed that Floridians from both parties and all parts of the Sunshine State overwhelmingly wanted to see monies collected from the federal government in penalties from the BP oil spill stay on the Gulf states instead of going to Washington…”

Pensacola mayor announces Restore Act support

By Cory Pippin, WALA-Pensacola. December 12, 2011.

“PENSACOLA, Fla. (WALA) – The Gulf Coast is still fighting to recover more than year after the devastating BP oil spill, and the Restore Act of 2011 could help it recover even faster…”

Pushing for RESTORE

By Alex Woodward, Gambit, New Orleans. December 13, 2011.

“Gulf Coast officials and a local oysterman were among those making a pitch last week to a congressional committee for directing 80 percent of the billions of dollars in BP fines to the five most heavily affected Gulf Coast states, including Louisiana…”

In court, Army Corps says it’s not to blame for catastrophic flooding after Hurricane Katrina

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press. December 12, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS — Justice Department lawyers argued at trial Monday that there is little evidence a shipping channel dug decades ago by the Army Corps of Engineers contributed significantly to the castastrophic flooding after Hurricane Katrina that swamped St. Bernard Parish and New Orleans’ Lower 9th Ward in 2005…”

Transocean Says It Doesn’t Owe Fines for Below-Surface Spill

By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Laurel Brubaker Calkins, Bloomberg News. December 12, 2011.

“Transocean Ltd. (RIG) said it can’t be forced to pay federal fines or penalties for oil spilled below the surface of the Gulf of Mexico in the Deepwater Horizon incident because of an indemnity contract with BP Plc…”