Latest news: November 16, 2011

Protecting the environment and jobs: Bob Marshall

By Bob Marshall, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). November 15, 2011.

“They say there’s truth in numbers. Let’s start with these: 2.7 billion — That’s how much energy industries spent gaining access to Congress since 1998, according to the authoritative Web site 40,000 — That’s how much the Outdoor Industry Association says its political action committee has raised…”

BP loses 2 big Gulf oil spill rulings

By Harry R. Weber, Associated Press. November 15, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS (AP) — BP has lost two big rulings in its fight to shield itself from potentially having to pay billions of dollars more in damages related to the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history, though the company was able to limit some of its future exposure…”

Claudet: People prompt Terrebonne’s progress

By Mike Nixon, Tri-Parish Times (Houma, La.). November 16, 2011.

“Terrebonne Parish President Michel Claudet said there are too many different projects in the works to point out a specific accomplishment during the past year. Progress in Terrebonne, he said, is reflective of public involvement. Roads and levees and quality of life venues such as a skate park and field of dreams sports complex are among the highlights…”

Flood protection money on the way

By Eric Besson, Tri-Parish Times (Houma, La.). November 16, 2011.

“More than $11 million in state and local funds have been designated for two flood protection projects impacting Lafourche and Terrebonne parishes, Gov. Bobby Jindal told gathered dignitaries and media in Raceland last week…”

State storm-proofing information session had private sponsors

By David Hammer, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). November 15, 2011.

“As their $750 million home-elevation program took off this year, Louisiana officials joined with churches and other nonprofits to run information sessions to help homeowners through the maze of getting a grant and finding a qualified contractor. But the event at a church in eastern New Orleans on June 25 was different…”