Latest news: June 26, 2012
Time for Congress to act is now
Editorial, The Houma (La.) Courier. June 23, 2012.
"To many along the Gulf Coast, the question is a no-brainer: Most of the money BP ends up paying in fines related to its 2010 catastrophic oil spill should go to help the states and communities most affected by the spill…" (Read more)
State Of The Coast Conference gives reasons for optimism
By Paul Murphy, WWL-TV (New Orleans). June 25, 2012.
"Louisiana is losing about 25 square miles of wetlands per year. Past storms and construction of levees along the Mississippi River which prevent sediment from reaching the marshes have taken their toll on the coast…" (Read more)
Freshwater, sediment diversion from Mississippi River could build wetlands in Barataria Basin
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). June 25, 2012.
"Louisiana hopes to kick-start a major diversion of freshwater and sediment from the Mississippi River to build wetlands in the Barataria Basin, Garret Graves, chairman of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, said Monday at State of the Coast, a conference on Louisiana restoration issues…" (Read more)
BP oil spill hastened loss of Louisiana marshes, study says
By Brian Vastag, The Washington Post. June 25, 2012.
"The 2010 BP oil spill accelerated the loss of Louisiana’s delicate marshlands, which were already rapidly disappearing before the largest oil spill in U.S. history, a new study reports…" (Read more)
New La. coast restoration work to start in 2 areas
The Associated Press. June 23, 2012.
"NEW ORLEANS – A $428 million to restore two parts of Louisiana's rapidly eroding coastline is moving ahead…" (Read more)
Landry move would bring La. more revenue
By Jordan Blum, Th Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). June 23, 2012.
"WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. Jeff Landry, R-New Iberia, successfully added an amendment Thursday to a House energy bill that would eventually direct more offshore drilling revenue to Louisiana…" (Read more)
Reviving the Mississippi River Delta: EDF Provides Plan for Wetlands Restoration
Living Green Magazine. June 25, 2012.
"The Environmental Defense Fund—EDF—has released a video describing their 4-part plan to tackle wetlands restoration in the Delta region…" (Read more)