Latest news: February 23, 2012

02.23.2012 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

Judge rules BP, minority partner liable for Clean Water Act civil penalties in Gulf oil spill
By the Associated Press. Feb. 22, 2012.
“NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that BP PLC and one of its minority partners in the blown-out Macondo well are liable for civil penalties under the Clean Water Act for their roles in the nation’s worst offshore oil spill…” (Read more)

Coastal Restoration: A Smart Investment
By Mark Tercek, CEO, The Nature Conservancy, for the Huffington Post. Feb. 22, 2012.
“With a potential BP settlement for the Gulf of Mexico oil spill possible as early as this week, Gulf Coast communities are speaking up, urging Congress to quickly pass the RESTORE Act. Passage of this bill would ensure that fines for the spill are dedicated to restoring the communities, environment and economy of the Gulf…” (Read more)

Without Passage of RESTORE Act, BP Could Get Sweet Settlement Deal
By Jaclyn McDougal, National Wildlife Federation. Feb. 22, 2012.
“BP could soon squirm its way to a sweet settlement deal this week for the Gulf oil disaster—a move that would allow the company’s pockets to continue to expand on the heels of their record profits, while leaving more uncertainty for restoring the Gulf of Mexico to an environmentally and economically healthy state…” (Read more)

BP Spill Victims Still Feel Economic Impact
By Allen Johnson Jr., Laurel Calkins and Margaret Cronin Fisk, Bloomberg News. Feb. 23, 2012.
“Louisiana oysterman Terrance M. Shelley was struggling to keep up with demand by New Orleans restaurants before BP Plc (BP/)’s Macondo well blew out in April 2010, crippling the processing plant he opened six months earlier…” (Read more)

State wants to certify seafood
By Nikki Buskey, The Daily Comet. Feb. 22, 2012.
“Louisiana has a reputation for great food, and wildlife officials are hoping they can leverage that into a certification program that will make the state’s seafood stand out in the supermarket…” (Read more)

Use our excellent reputation
Editorial, The Houma Courier. Feb. 22, 2012.
“Louisiana’s bountiful seafood is known to many as some of the best in the world.

The problem is that it is sometimes difficult to know which seafood comes from our waters and which was shipped here from half a world away…” (Read more)