Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Dec. 20, 2013
Suffering dolphins are bad news for all life in damaged Gulf of Mexico
By The Houma Courier, Editorial (Houma, La.). Dec. 19, 2013.
“People along the Gulf Coast are used to bad news stemming from the 2010 BP oil spill — a human, ecological and economic nightmare. We have heard about ongoing efforts to clean up the oil that is still fouling our waters and coast…” (read more)
BP disputes report linking La. dolphin illnesses to oil spill
By Amy Wold, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Dec. 20, 2013.
“BP has taken issue with a report released Wednesday linking the poor health of dolphins in Barataria Bay to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010, saying the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration hasn’t proven a connection…” (read more)
State, federal agencies team up to clean polluted beach areas
By Jacob Batte, The Daily Comet (LaFourche Parish, La.). Dec. 19, 2013.
“Shortly after Tropical Storm Karen’s brief visit along the Gulf Coast in early October, a familiar foe reared its head after being buried for more than three years. It was MC 252, more commonly known as BP oil from 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill…” (read more)
Lawyers representing levee authority in lawsuit against oil companies agree to limit potential earnings
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Dec. 20, 2013.
“The law firm representing the east bank levee authority in its controversial wetland damages lawsuit against nearly 100 oil, gas and pipeline companies has agreed to changes in the interpretation of its contract that will restrict how much money it earns if the suit is successful…” (read more)
Landrieu: Flood insurance bill could get vote after new year
By Jordan Blum, The Advocate (Baton Rouge, La.). Dec. 19, 2013.
“The U.S. Senate is planning to vote as soon as January to delay flood insurance hikes for many policyholders in Louisiana and nationwide, Sen. Mary Landrieu confirmed Wednesday…” (read more)
Louisiana flood insurance horror stories shared with Congress
By Bruce Alpert, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). Dec. 19, 2013.
“To make their case that Congress should put off increases in flood insurance premiums resulting from the Biggert-Waters Act, Louisiana members of Congress are presenting personal stories from their constituents…” (read more)