Latest news: March 30, 2012
Going coastal: Pass the plan
Editorial, The Daily World (Opelousas, La.). March 30, 2012.
“Hurricane Katrina, the terrible effects of which may have been magnified by decades of coastal land loss, could be the catalyst for our first truly effective coastal restoration policy — if the Legislature goes along…” (Read more)
Take Two: Revised coastal plan wins over some critics
By John Snell, WVUE-TV (New Orleans, La.). March 29, 2012.
“Houma, La. — Some of those most affected by the state’s Coastal Master Plan greeted its unveiling two months ago with a loud thud.
However, the Jindal Administration has won over some early critics thanks to changes in the plan…” (Read more)
House passes 3-month transportation bill, minus RESTORE Act
The Associated Press. March 29, 2012.
“The House has passed a stopgap three-month transportation bill to keep federal aid flowing to construction projects. The bill was passed Thursday largely along party lines after Republicans and Democrats traded verbal jabs over how best to prevent economic disruption….” (Read more)
Bill OK’d without RESTORE provision
By Jordan Blum, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). March 30, 2012.
“WASHINGTON — Congress approved a 90-day transportation bill Thursday but it excludes the RESTORE Act provision that would funnel more BP oil leak money to Louisiana and other Gulf states…” (Read more)
USA: Dredging Contractors of America Sends Letter to Congress
Dredging Today. March 30, 2012.
“Last week, the Dredging Contractors of America (DCA), the national nonprofit trade association for the dredging industry, sent a letter to House leadership in support of the RESTORE Act – legislation that would ensure that oil spill fines are used for gulf restoration…” (Read more)
Photos document BP oil still contaminates “cleaned” Louisiana marshes, state officials say
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). March 30, 2012.
“Wetland areas in north Barataria Bay and the Pass a Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the mouth of the Mississippi River continue to show signs of oil that state officials say is from the BP oil spill, according to photos posted on Flickr by the state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority…” (Read more)
BP Says U.S. Withholding Evidence of Extent of Oil Spill
By Joe Schneider, Bloomberg News. March 30, 2012.
“BP Plc (BP/) said the U.S. government is withholding evidence that would show the oil spill from the Macondo well in the Gulf of Mexico was smaller than claimed…” (Read more)