Latest news: February 13, 2012
Don’t let BP fines paid for spill disappear into federal black hole
By David Yarnold, President, National Audubon Society, for the Miami Herald. February 11, 2012.
“Barrels of bile were spilled in weeks leading up to the Florida primary. But that’s just a clean-up on aisle three compared to the epic five million barrels of crude oil that paralyzed the Gulf Coast states a couple of years ago…”
Restore Act needs your help now
By Joe Macaluso, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). February 12, 2012.
“It’s rare when so many folks who weren’t born here nor raised on the unbounded pleasures of bountiful hunting and fishing in Louisiana will commit themselves to saving our state...”
Louisiana sportsmen can help make the call for the ‘National Call to Action’
By Bob Marshall, Times-Picayune. February 12, 2012.
“Local sportsmen can lend a hand to the “National Call to Action” planned for Thursday on our behalf by the National Wildlife Federation…”
Palazzo wants aid for Coast
By Deborah Barfield Barry, Gannet. February 11, 2012.
“WASHINGTON — For weeks, Rep. Steven Palazzo has been lobbying House Republicans leaders to support legislation that would send the Gulf Coast 80 percent of the fine money BP will pay for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill…”
Gulf state leaders lobby for oil spill funds
By Dusty Ricketts, Northwest Florida Daily News. February 11, 2012.
“MILTON — A coalition of more than 20 elected officials from five Gulf Coast states recently returned from Washington, D.C., where they met with lawmakers to urge them to pass the RESTORE Gulf Coast Act…”
Nothing is final yet in coastal plan
Editorial, Houma Courier. February 11, 2012.
“When state officials showed up in Houma last month to present a draft of the 50-year plan for Louisiana’s coast, they got a cool reception.
Reacting to what they perceived as a lack of land-building projects for much of Terrebonne Parish, many of the local residents who turned out for the public hearing voiced their displeasure with the plan…”
Support the Restore Act
By Daniel McLaughlin, Skinny Moose. February 9, 2012.
“The BP Gulf Oil spill is not something we will soon forget and while the area has made great strides in recovery there is still a ways to go. BP and some of the other companies involved have paid fines and penalties to the federal government which one would expect would be used to restore the area back to how it should be but if we (and I mean You and I) don’t speak up that money is going to be dumped in some Washington government sewer to never be seen again…”
Signs promote heritage region
By Nikki Buskey, Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). February 13, 2012.
“Signs are going up along Terrebonne roadways that tout the parish’s inclusion in the Atchafalaya National Heritage Area, a 14-parish area designated for its unique environment and culture…”