Latest news: September 23, 2011

Bill aimed at restoring Gulf goes to full Senate

By the Associated Press. September 22, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS — A bill that calls for 80 percent of BP penalties to go toward restoring the Gulf of Mexico has moved onto the full U.S. Senate…”

BP spill hearing delayed, GOP claims administration withheld witnesses

By Ben Geman, The Hill. September 22, 2011

“A House committee is postponing a hearing about the recently completed federal investigation of the 2010 BP oil spill amid allegations by a senior Republican that the Obama administration abruptly pulled its witnesses…”

BP fine money to go to Gulf states

By Matt Wollbright, Gannett. September 22, 2011.

“WASHINGTON — Fine money paid by BP for last year’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill would pay for restoration projects in states where the spill crippled tourism and the environment, under legislation a Senate committee approved Wednesday…”