Latest news: December 6, 2011

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Task Force Says BP Oil Spill Fines Should Go to Gulf Restoration

By Leslie Kaufman, New York Times. December 5, 2011.

“A Gulf Coast task force appointed by President Obama recommended on Monday that a “significant portion” of the billions of dollars in fines that BP is expected to pay for last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill go to ecological restoration…”

States want to direct flow of Gulf oil spill fines

By Rick Jervis, USA Today. December 5, 2011.

“A hundred miles of oyster reefs. A multimillion-dollar marketing blitz. Barrier island restoration. Marsh rebuilding.

The wish list is long and growing for how best to spend the potential billions of dollars in fines expected for last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico…”

BP Has Road Map in Citgo Oil-Spill Case for Macondo Fine

By Margaret Cronin Fisk and Brian Swint, Bloomberg Businessweek. December 6, 2011.

“A Citgo Petroleum Corp. oil-spill case gives a template for the way BP Plc’s liability and penalty will be decided in the government’s Clean Water Act lawsuit over the worst U.S. offshore spill…”

Locals say restoration money is good start

By Eric Heisig, Daily Comet. December 5, 2011.

“Local officials say the millions of federal dollars allocated to coastal restoration Monday is a good start, but is a drop in the well compared to the money needed to make a significant and lasting impact…”

Group releases final spill restoration report, announces $50 million award

By George Altman, Mobile Press-Register. December 6, 2011.

“WASHINGTON — A group formed by President Barack Obama to create a recovery plan for the Gulf Coast environment after last year’s massive oil spill released its final report Monday and announced $50 million in funds to start the process…”

Targeting oil spill fines to ecosystem restoration could be big job generator, report says

By Bruce Alpert, Times-Picayune. December 5, 2011.

“WASHINGTON — A new report by Duke University economists says legislation that would target Clean Water Act penalties from last year’s BP oil spill to ecosystem restoration could be a big job generator, including for firms facing cuts in oil and gas industry work…”

Environmental group: Spend oil spill fines on restoration

By Peter Schorsch, Saint Petersblog. Decembre 5, 2011

“With Congressional hearings slated for Wednesday and litigation moving forward, a leading environmental group on Monday urged federal lawmakers to use expected fines from the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill on restoration efforts that will translate into jobs and economic growth, reports Michael Peltier of the News Service of Florida…”

Second group of whooping cranes delivered to White Lake refuge

The Associated Press. December 6, 2011

“BATON ROUGE, La. — A second group of juvenile whooping cranes has been delivered to White Lake Wetlands Conservation Area in Gueydan as part of the state’s species’ restoration project…”