Latest News: February 16, 2012

02.16.2012 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Louisiana coastal restoration money could grow, shrink in Congress

By Bruce Alpert and Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Feb. 16, 2012.

“It’s been two steps forward and one step back for efforts in Washington to generate financing for key coastal restoration projects in Louisiana. The House is nearing approval of an amendment to an energy bill that would give the five Gulf states 80 percent of Clean Water Act fines collected from the 2010 BP oil spill, a provision that could mean billions of dollars in revenue for the five Gulf states. But at the same time, the White House is proposing as part of its 2013 budget request to cancel about $200 million in Coastal Impact Assistance Program financing for Gulf and other states bordering offshore production…”

Landry, Richmond win more coastal restoration dollars

Press release, Office of Congressman Jeff Landry. Feb. 15, 2012.

“The United States House of Representatives today passed legislation authored by Congressmen Jeff Landry (R, LA-03) and Cedric Richmond (D, LA-02) that will bring Louisiana approximately $2 billion more in coastal restoration and hurricane protection funding…”

Coast to Ghost

By Ross Landry, The Nicholls Worth. Feb. 15, 2012.

“After the revealing of the 2012 Coastal Restoration Master Plan last month, protecting the Louisiana coast has become the trending topic in the area…”

State wants dead zone off Impaired Waters List

By Nikki Buskey, The Houma Courier. Feb. 15, 2012.

“Louisiana environmental officials have refused to add the yearly Gulf of Mexico “dead zone” to a nationwide list of polluted water bodies despite requests from the federal government…”