Latest news: October 28, 2011

A Fisherman’s Farewell? Gulf Residents Fight for Their Future 15 Months After the BP Blowout

By Rocky Kistner (NRDC), Huffington Post. October 26, 2011.

“Mark Stewart is a third generation fisherman from the Mississippi Gulf fishing community of Pass Christian. He’s a proud and tough working man of the sea, used to hauling in nets until his arms nearly fall off and fishing all night until his eyelids are crusted shut like a saltine sandwich. That’s the life he knows, the life he wouldn’t have any other way…”

Kenneth Feinberg vows better lifeline for shrimpers at House hearing

By Jonathan Tilove, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). October 27, 2011.

“The administrator of BP’s Gulf Coast compensation fund promised a congressional panel Thursday that in the next few weeks he will come up with a better method to make shrimpers whole in the aftermath of last year’s oil spill disaster…”

Shrimpers skeptical of claims chief’s promise

By Associated Press. October 27, 2011.

“BP Claims Chief Ken Feinberg is promising to pay more to Gulf shrimpers hurt by last year’s BP oil spill, as impacts to the fishery are looking more serious than first thought. But local fishermen who feel burned after more than a year of waiting for assistance are skeptical of the promise…”

Gulf of Mexico dolphins died of bacterial infection in ‘unusual mortality event’

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). October 27, 2011.

“Five bottlenose dolphins found dead in Louisiana waters or stranded on beaches since February 2010 were infected with brucellosis, a bacterial infection better known in the United States for killing cattle, bison and elk, pathology experts contracted by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said Thursday. But the researchers said they don’t know yet whether oil spilled from the BP Macondo well played a role in the brucellosis deaths…”

Texas oyster season may be closed, but locals buying from Louisiana

By Julie Garcia and Sarah Moore, Beaumont Enterprise. October 27, 2011.

“Add red tide conditions encroaching on Galveston Bay to the ever-growing list of ills visited on the region by the devastating Texas drought…”

Free Speech of Scientist Tested

By Edyta Zielinska, October 28, 2011.

“A scientist fired for speaking out about faulty construction of the levees in New Orleans should have been protected under the first amendment, according to federal judge James J. Brady…”