Latest news: May 30, 2012
Officials support the Restore Act
By TaMaryn Waters, The Tallahassee (Fla.) Democrat. May 30, 2012.
“The Deepwater Horizon oil disaster two years ago was a gut check for the Gulf Coast, particularly for Florida fishermen and small businesses, who have yet to get over it…” (Read more)
Pressure builds over plan for BP oil spill cash
WTSP-TV. May 29, 2012.
“Tallahassee, Florida – A coalition of business and government groups is urging Congress to take final action on the RESTORE Act, which aims to help restore the Gulf Coast from the BP oil spill…” (Read more)
Louisiana Senate panel modifies proposal on use of Gulf oil spill fines
By Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans). May 29, 2012.
“Baton Rouge — A proposed constitutional amendment that would have required all the money the state receives from fines resulting from the BP oil spill be put into a coastal restoration fund gained a significant alteration Tuesday, with a Louisiana Senate panel tacking on a provision that legislators can redirect the money with a two-thirds vote of both chambers…” (Read more)
Orleans, Jefferson environmental losses could double by 2030, Entergy report says
By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune. May 29, 2012.
“If nothing is done to restore and protect coastal wetlands, annual storm losses in Orleans and Jefferson parishes could double by 2030, according to a new report from Entergy. The report estimates that the two parishes now face $878 million in economic losses a year because of storm surge, subsidence and land use expansion and development. By 2030, the losses could balloon to more than $1.5 billion a year in 2010 dollars, if the area experiences the worst-case sea-level rise and climate change…” (Read more)
Council told breakwater work near
By Vic Couvillion, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). May 30, 2012.
“AMITE — The Tangipahoa Parish Council learned Tuesday that construction of a $5.9 million stone breakwater to help halt coastal erosion in the historic Pass Manchac area could begin as early as August…” (Read more)
Northshore protection included in coastal plan
By David Freese, The St. Tammany (La.) News. May 30, 2012.
“The Louisiana House of Representatives approved a 50-year, $50 billion plan last week that will help combat Louisiana’s eroding coast while enforcing protection in numerous locations, St. Tammany Parish included…” (Read more)