Latest news: March 13, 2012
How Spill Settlement Money from BP May Save the Gulf Coast
By Bryan Walsh, Time Magazine. March 13, 2012.
“I was sitting shotgun in a speedboat chugging along veiny canals that cut through southern Louisiana’s coastline, during the Gulf oil spill in the summer of 2010. There was plenty to see that was out of the ordinary during that tragic summer, but I noticed something else a bit worrisome. According to the pilot’s GPS device, our boat — skimming at top speed through a wide canal — should have been beached on land…” (Read more)
BP Settlement Lacks Enthusiasm Along Gulf Coast
By Debbie Elliot, NPR. March 12, 2012.
“Residents of the Gulf Coast are warily evaluating the BP settlement deal in the Deepwater Horizon case. Some were hurt during clean-up of the oil spill, others lost their businesses and still others lost family in the rig explosion. But they are coming to different conclusions about whether the deal is a good one…” (Read more)
Senate resumes consideration of transportation bill with money for Gulf restoration
By Bruce Alpert, Times Picayune (New Orleans, La.). March 12, 2012.
“WASHINGTON – The Senate reconvenes this afternoon to resume consideration of a $109 billion transportation bill that has a provision of special interest to Louisiana residents…” (Read more)
BP’s Influence Peddling In Congress Bears Fruit Two Years After Gulf Spill
By Sam Stein, The Huffington Post. March 12, 2012.
“As millions of barrels of oil began pouring into the Gulf of Mexico in April 2010, Democratic lawmakers began asking the question: what was the proper amount of money that the company responsible for the spill should have to pay..” (Read more)
Louisiana blue crab industry gets nod as sustainable by marine group
Associated Press. March 13, 2012.
“NEW ORLEANS — Louisiana’s blue crab industry is getting the nod from a group that certifies fisheries around the world…” (Read more)
Coastal Master Plan 101: How the Plan was Built
Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana.
“The issue of coastal land loss affects everyone who lives in Louisiana. Our coastal wetlands are the root of our culture, the source of our incomes and the place that generations of families have called home. And it is disappearing at the rate of one football field every hour…” (Read more)