Latest news: October 21, 2011

BP money: Effects still being felt

Opinion, The Clarion Ledger (Jackson, Ms.). October 20, 2011.

“The U.S. House has finally moved to produce a bill that would allow fines from the BP oil spill to go to affected states…”

New Orleans, Plaquemines Parish share in Hurricane Katrina recovery money

By The Associated Press. October 21, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS — U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu says more than $33.9 million in grants from the Federal Emergency Management Agency will help repair New Orleans’ damaged water system, Plaquemines Parish’s Venice Boat Harbor and Orleans Parish’s Templeman Prison Complex…”

Interior approves first BP drilling plan for Gulf of Mexico since 2010 oil spill

By Ben Geman, The Hill. October 21, 2011.

“The Interior Department took a big step Friday toward allowing BP to resume deepwater drilling in the Gulf of Mexico by approving a revised exploration plan (EP) for up to four wells…”

Nutria-Palooza comes to town

The Advertiser (Lafayette, La.). October 20, 2011.

“The motto “Save Our Wetlands — Wear More Nutria” has become a battle cry for fashion designers and some conservationists alike. The lowly nutria, which, according to the Wildlife and Fisheries website, destroys more than 2,000 acres of Louisiana wetlands a year, has now become a fashion piece and, in some minds, a more sensible way to wear fur…”