Latest news: December 16, 2011

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Pass RESTORE Act Sen. Coburn!

By Editorial staff, The Louisiana Weekly. December 15, 2011.

“Walking the beaches of Grand Isle, one is amazed how much has been achieved since the Horizon/BP Oil Spill over a year ago. The beaches are wider and cleaner than ever before, open to tourists year wide. But, a keener observer will note that every few yards, a strange frothy substance seems to emanate from the surf. It’s not wave action on saltwater, but something else. It’s the chemical remains of the dispersants that BP sprayed into the Gulf…”

Safety seemed to be an afterthought before the BP oil spill

By Neela Banerjee, The Los Angeles Times. December 15, 2011.

“The petroleum industry and federal regulators focused more on exploration and production than safety in the years leading up to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, helping to set the stage for the worst offshore environmental disaster in U.S. history, according to a new independent report by the National Academy of Engineering and the National Research Council…”

BP accepts $250m Gulf spill settlement

By Mark Wembridge, The Financial Times. December 16, 2011.

“BP has accepted a $250m settlement from Cameron International over last year’s Gulf of Mexico disaster…”

Paradox’s bounty making for a new hot spot for area anglers

By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune. December 16, 2011.

“Anglers in the wetlands surrounding New Orleans never have to look very far to be reminded they are living the ultimate paradox: They are enjoying the nation’s most prolific coastal fishing in the midst of a terminal environmental disaster…”