Latest news: October 31, 2011

Rule change could inhibit levee building

By Nate Monroe, Houma Today (Terrebonne Parish, La.). October 30, 2011.

“Terrebonne lawmakers will consider throwing their weight behind an effort to protest a planned change to federal environmental regulations that local officials say could skyrocket the price of flood-protection and infrastructure projects…”

Move on Louisiana shrimpers’ oil spill claims: An editorial

By Editorial page staff, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La). October 29, 2011.

“Oil spill claims administrator Kenneth Feinberg took a verbal pummeling Thursday during a congressional hearing that focused on a lack of proper payments to shrimpers. “So many broken promises,” Rep. Jo Bonner of Alabama chided him…”

Salazar Highlights Two Louisiana Projects For Obama’s Great Outdoors

By Bayoubuzz Staff (New Orleans, La.). October 28, 2011.

“Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar today highlighted two projects in the state of Louisiana that will be included in the final report — representing what states believe are among the best investments in the nation to support a healthy, active population, conserve wildlife and working lands, and create travel, tourism and outdoor-recreation jobs across the country…”

Finding out what we have

By Editorial Staff, Daily Comet (Lafourche Parish, La.). October 28, 2011.

“People across the nation watched in horror after Hurricane Katrina as New Orleans’ levee system failed and that city was inundated with water. We watched the death and destruction that resulted from a levee system that many have accused of being the culprit behind much of New Orleans’ misery. Soon after Katrina passed, the logical question posed to the Army Corps of Engineers was: How can we make sure this doesn’t happen again?…”