Latest news: December 15, 2011

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BP well blowout showed oil industry is not set up for safety, scientist panel finds

By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune. December 14, 2011.

“The offshore oil and gas industry is too fractured and compartmentalized to safely manage complex deepwater wells like BP’s ill-fated Macondo, according to a third investigative report into the causes of the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The National Academy of Engineering report released Wednesday hewed closely to the findings of other government-authorized investigations by a joint Coast Guard-Interior Department Marine Board panel and by a presidential commission, repeating well-worn findings about mistaken test results, cut corners and a series of bad decisions that alone may not have caused a blowout, but compounded to create the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history…”

Poll Finds Florida Voters Overwhelmingly Back RESTORE Act

Tea Party Patriots Online. December 13, 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…”

Restoration Plans for Gulf of Mexico Revealed

By Joshua S. Hill, Planetsave. December 15, 2011.

“In one of the first moves to begin restoration of the Gulf of Mexico after the disastrous Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill, the Deepwater Horizon Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) Trustees (Trustees) today released the Deepwater Horizon Draft Phase I Early Restoration Plan & Environmental Assessment (DERP/EA) for formal public comment…”

Oil-spill restoration work will start soon

By Nikki Buskey, The Houma Courier. December 14, 2011.

“Locals may now comment on the first phase of a major effort to restore the Gulf Coast after last year’s BP oil spill…”

Trustees approve projects to restore wetlands, rebuild oyster beds using BP money

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. December 14, 2011.

“In a small nibble at what is expected to be a very large apple, federal and state officials announced approval Wednesday of the first $57 million for projects to reverse the damage caused by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, including $28 million for Louisiana projects. Louisiana’s share will build more than 100 acres of wetlands in Plaquemines Parish, place oyster cultch on six public seed beds in several parishes, and upgrade an oyster hatchery on Grand Isle…”

Mississippi agriculture producers to help improve health of Gulf of Mexico through USDA initiative

By Harlan Kirgan, The Mississippi Press. December 14, 2011.

“KILN, Missississippi — Agriculture producers in Hancock and Harrison counties are helping improve the ecological health of the Gulf of Mexico through a new U.S. Department of Agriculture initiative…”