Latest news: November 2, 2011

Restoration project dedicated to local conservationists

Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). November 1, 2011.

“POINTE-AUX-CHENES — A project aimed at keeping salt water out of the Grand Bayou area to create healthier marsh for visiting ducks and other waterfowl was dedicated to two lifelong local conservationists Tuesday…”

Senate votes to audit BP claims fund

By Deborah Barfield Berry, News Journal (Pensacola, Fl.). November 1, 2011.

“WASHINGTON — The fund that compensates businesses and people hurt by last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico would be audited under a measure the Senate approved Tuesday…”

OVERNIGHT ENERGY: BP spill, drilling risks take center stage

By Andrew Restuccia and Ben Geman, The Hill (Washington, DC). November 1, 2011.

“State of Play: About a year and a half after the BP oil spill devastated much of the Gulf of Mexico, the House will examine offshore drilling and lessons learned from the disaster at three separate hearings Wednesday…”

Transocean says it’s shielded from having to pay for Gulf oil spill under contract with BP

By Associated Press. November 1, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS — Transocean, the company that owned the drilling rig that exploded in the Gulf of Mexico last year, argued in court documents filed Tuesday that its contract with BP shields it from having to pay for the largest offshore spill in the nation’s history…”

In flooded Bangkok, shades of Hurricane Katrina

By Patrick Winn, Global Post. November 1, 2011.

“BANGKOK, Thailand — Sacrificial neighborhoods, overtaxed infrastructure and political infighting. Though far less chaotic and fatal than Hurricane Katrina, Bangkok’s flooding woes share similarities with the 2005 disaster that nearly destroyed New Orleans…”