Latest news: January 9, 2012

01.09.2012 | In Latest News, Uncategorized

After Oil Spill, Don’t Shortchange Gulf

By Martha Collins, Pew Environment Group, for Care2. January 6, 2012.

“The network TV news crews may have long since left, but the work of repairing the environmental and economic damage from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disasterin the Gulf of Mexico is far from complete. During the course of the spill, roughly 4.9 million barrels of crude flowed into the gulf — an amount of oil that, by some estimates, could have heated just over 13,200 American homes for an entire year…”

Amid BCS mania, BP pushes a feel-good Gulf story

By Cain Burdeau, Associated Press. January 8, 2012.

“NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nearly 20 months after its massive Gulf of Mexico oil spill — and just as the nation focuses on New Orleans, host of the BCS title game — BP is pushing a slick nationwide public relations campaign to persuade Americans that the Gulf region has recovered…”

BP appeals violation notices stemming from Gulf of Mexico oil spill

By Andrew Restuccia, The Hill. January 6, 2012.

“BP and its contractors are appealing a series of notices issued by the Interior Department in recent months that found the companies violated federal offshore drilling regulations during the Gulf of Mexico oil spill…”

Reintroduction of cranes undergoes rough first year

By Matthew Tresaugue, The Houston Chronicle. January 9, 2012.

“Two whooping cranes had come to a rice paddy in southwestern Louisiana in search of easy food and abundant water amid a dry spell last October. Instead, both majestic birds found a violent death.

State officials say two teens are suspected of shooting and killing the cranes from a truck, an incident that has cast a pall over the first year of an ambitious effort to reintroduce the critically endangered species to its historic breeding grounds in the marshy vastness of coastal Louisiana…”