Latest news: January 20, 2012

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Separate the RESTORE Act from partisan politics (editorial)

By Press-Register Editorial Board, The Mississippi Press-Register. January 20, 2012.

“CONGRESS MAY be embroiled in partisan politics, but the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act has no place in this tug of war…”

Coastal plan worthy of support

By Don Shoopman, The Daily Iberian. January 19, 2012.

“As always, the local angle is the preferred one for The Daily Iberian, especially when it deals with the valuable Louisiana coast line in the Teche Area.

The same can be said for at least one area state legislator, Sen. Simone Champagne, R-Jeanerette, who plans to meet with officials and property owners in Iberia and Vermilion parishes to discuss a new plan proposed by the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. CPRA wants to tip the scales, as its executive director said in a story Monday, so that after 30 years the state is building more coast line than it’s losing…”

Federal-state coastal task force won’t block closure of West Bay Diversion

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. January 19, 2012.

“A federal-state task force overseeing smaller coastal restoration projects took no action again Thursday to block its 2010 decision to close the West Bay sediment diversion near the mouth of the Mississippi River. The task force heard testimony today that the diversion was responsible for only about 20 percent of the shoaling occurring in a nearby Pilottown anchorage…”

Federal government asks court to declare companies liable for environmental penalties

By Rebecca Mowbray, The Times-Picayune. January 19, 2012.

“In a preview of what’s to come next month when trial over the 2010 oil spill begins, the U.S. Department of Justice asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier Thursday to declare BP, Anadarko and Transocean liable for penalties under the Clean Water Act and Oil Pollution Act of 1990, and the companies immediately fought it and pointed fingers at each other…”

Fisheries assistance center opens in Belle Chasse

By Benjamin Alexander-Bloch, The Times-Picayune. January 19, 2012.

“Continuing the presence in southeast Louisiana that it established after Hurricane Katrina, Seedco Financial, a national nonprofit organization, on Thursday held the grand opening for its Southeast Louisiana Fisheries Assistance Center building in Belle Chasse…”

Calculating the Carbon Value of a Swamp

By Matthew L. Wald, The New York Times. January 19, 2012.

“A nonprofit organization and a Gulf Coast electric company have come up with a way that might raise money to help protect New Orleans and surrounding areas from storms made worse by climate change – by collecting funds from people who feel bad about their carbon dioxide emissions…”