Latest news: January 17, 2012

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Louisiana’s updated coastal restoration plan is a map to the future: An editorial

By Editorial Page Staff, The Times-Picayune. January 15, 2012.

“The state’s updated plan for coastal restoration lays out two vastly different pictures of the future for Louisiana — one dire, one hopeful…”

Getting started on BP oil spill repairs: An editorial

By Editorial Page Staff, The Times-Picayune. January 17, 2012.

“The list of initial projects covered by $1 billion pledged by BP to begin to repair the damage done by the 2010 oil spill includes creating 104 acres of marsh, placing oyster cultch on six public seed beds and upgrading a Grand Isle oyster hatchery.

Now Louisiana residents will get a chance to weigh in on the proposals…”

Coastal restoration money bills may fall victim to partisan squabbling

By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune. January 16, 2012.

“WASHINGTON — Two bills pending in Congress would free billions of dollars for Louisiana’s coastal restoration efforts. But as a bitterly divided Congress returns this week after a three-week holiday recess, prospects that either bill, or other significant legislation, can make it through the process in an election year are uncertain…”

What a dilemma

By Keith Magill, Houma Courier. January 16, 2012.

“What impressed me most as I read the state’s latest plan to save its coast is the map…”

Master plan has few restoration options

By Nikki Buskey, The Daily Comet. January 13, 2012.

“The state has released a $50 billion, 50-year strategy to help protect some coastal residents from worsening storm surges and severe land loss that threaten to swallow communities…”

Plan to save coast released

By Claire Taylor, The Advertiser (Lafayette, La.). January 13, 2012.

“In as little as 30 years, Louisiana could be gaining land along its coast instead of losing it, Kirk Rhinehart, chief of planning with the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana, said Friday…”

BP-paid tourism campaigns taking off

By Cara Bayles, Houma Courier. January 14, 2012.

“State and local government officials are ramping up campaigns to bring tourists to Louisiana and restore the image of the “Sportsman’s Paradise” in the wake of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill…”

Coast ministers to ask Obama to push for more BP claims payments

By Danielle Thomas, WLOX. January 14, 2012.

“GULFPORT, MS (WLOX) – Some Gulf Coast ministers feel their congregations haven’t been fairly compensated by BP, so they’re taking their disapproval of the claims process all the way to President Obama’s door step…”

USF study finds more sick fish in oil spill area than rest of Gulf of Mexico

By Craig Pitman, Tampa Bay Times. January 14, 2012.

“A government-funded survey of the entire Gulf of Mexico last summer found more sick fish in the area of the 2010 oil spill than anywhere else, according to the top University of South Florida scientist in charge of the project…”

Wetland Watchers Park adds outdoor learning area

By Jennifer Boquet, The Times-Picayune. January 16, 2012.

“If not for the rusted truck bed sitting off to the side of a new wooden walkway at Wetland Watchers Park in Norco, it might be hard to believe that the area where cypress trees grow and pelicans swoop overhead was once a highway. To travel this part of the Old Hammond Highway today would be impossible. The path would lead straight into Lake Pontchartrain…”