Latest news: December 7, 2011

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Cornyn holds out on bill to bring spill money to Gulf region

By Matthew Tresaugue, Houston Chronicle. December 6, 2011.

“Texas Republican John Cornyn is the only holdout among Gulf Coast senators in support of two bills that would funnel a portion of the fines from last year’s Deepwater Horizon oil spill to ecological restoration…”

Full Committee Legislative Hearing to Review RESTORE Act

The Maritime Executive. December 6, 2011.

“Washington, DC – The Transportation Committee, chaired by U.S. Rep. John L. Mica (R-FL), will hold a legislative hearing on Wednesday to review H.R. 3096, the Resources and Ecosystems Sustainability, Tourist Opportunities, and Revived Economies of the Gulf Coast States Act of 2011 (RESTORE Act)…”

Some good ideas for spill money

Editorial page staff, Houma Today. December 6, 2011.

“The thick balls of tar that continue to wash up on the beach at Fourchon drive the point home: The environmental fallout from last year’s devastating oil spill continues, ensuring that long-term cleanup and restoration be addressed…”

Report shows impact of legislation that directs BP oil spill fines to coastal restoration

By Alex Leary, St. Petersburg Times. December 6, 2011.

“WASHINGTON — As legislation directing BP oil spill fines to coastal restoration winds through Congress, advocates are trying to highlight the thing that gets lawmakers’ attention these days: jobs…”

Hunter takes aim at Congress

By Chris Young, Peoria Journal Star. December 6, 2011

“As a young duck hunter, Glasford resident Mike Kaufmann never gave much thought to where ducks were coming from — or going to — outside of hunting season.

But as Kaufmann learned more about the loss of wetlands where millions of ducks and geese spend the winter, he wanted to learn more — and do more…”

Barbier to allow evidence of government liability at upcoming BP trial

By Steve Korris, The Louisiana Record. December 6, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS – U. S. District Judge Carl Barbier will allow evidence of possible government liability for the Deepwater Horizon explosion at a fault allocation trial he plans to start in February…”

Florida Trying to Improve Image of Seafood from Gulf

By Jim Turner, Sunshine State News. December 7, 2011.

“Florida continues working to improve the public perception of seafood harvested from the Gulf of Mexico…”

Statement by Secretary Salazar on the final strategy of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released today

US Department of the Interior. December 5, 2011.

““Today we took a major step forward toward meaningful restoration that will benefit the natural resources of the Gulf Coast for generations to come…”