Latest news: September 7, 2011

Group wants millions from BP fines to stay in Gulf states

Sun Herald (Biloxi, Gulfport and South Mississippi). September 3, 2011.

“A coalition of national environmental groups and local business leaders is lobbying Congress and drumming up public support for passage of Senate Bill 1400, the “Restore the Gulf Coast Act.” The bill, which supporters hope to get moving in committee this month, would direct to Gulf Coast states 80 percent of the fines and penalties BP will be forced to pay the federal government…”

Sen. David Vitter blames Plaquemines Parish flooding on lack of federal levees

By Jeff Adelson, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). September 6, 2011.

“Sen. David Vitter, R-La., placed the blame for weekend flooding during Tropical Storm Lee in Plaquemines Parish squarely at the feet of the Army Corps of Engineers and President Barack Obama in a letter sent to the administration Tuesday…”