Latest Mississippi River Delta News: Jan. 10, 2014

James Gill: BP execs show sharp sense of humor
Opinion, James Gill, The Advocate. Jan. 10, 2014.
“BP, alleging it is being forced to pay bogus Deepwater Horizon claims, is hoping to get the public on its side through national newspaper ads…” (read more)

Experts discuss impact of Mississippi River diversion in Louisiana
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 9, 2014.
“There’s an idea in the general public that creating diversions of fresh water and sediment from the Mississippi River is just a matter of opening up the levee, putting in a structure and letting the river do the work of building land…” (read more)

Capt. George Ricks, Save Louisiana Coalition (video)
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 9, 2014.
“Charter boat Capt. George Ricks, president of the Save Louisiana Coalition, tells an independent panel of scientists and engineers his concerns about the state’s plans to build sediment diversions to rebuild wetlands.” (Watch the video)

State proposes spending $668 million on coastal restoration, levees in 2015
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 10, 2014.
“The state Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority is recommending that the state spend $668 million on coastal restoration and flood protection projects in fiscal year 2015, according to the authority’s proposed annual plan released Thursday…” (read more)

State plans to $668 million on coastal work in FY 2015
By Amy Wold, The Advocate. Jan. 10, 2014.
“The state expects to spend $668 million on coastal restoration and protection work during fiscal year 2015, with almost two-thirds of the money going toward construction of projects…” (read more)

The Mississippi River Is A Land-Making Machine: Dredgefest 2014
By Tim Maly and Rob Holmes, Gizmodo. Jan. 9, 2014.
“Part of their work is a series of festivals they’re calling DredgeFest that celebrate and examine the role that dredging plays in landscaping. Their next event is in Louisiana. Gizmodo asked them to explain why…” (read more)

U.S. collected $8 billion in civil, criminal cases in 2013
By CBS News. Jan. 9, 2014.
*Coalition photo used
“The Justice Department collected more than $8 billion in civil and criminal actions – stemming from cases ranging from health care fraud to the Deepwater Horizon oil rig explosion…” (read more)

Louisiana’s attorney general defends his approval of east bank levee authority’s resolution for hiring wetlands suit law firm
By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. Jan. 9, 2014.
“Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell defended his actions involving the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East’s hiring of a law firm to file a controversial wetlands damages lawsuit against 97 energy companies…” (read more)

Lawyers chided for contacting jurors who convicted man of trying to obstruct oil spill probe
By Michael Kunzelman, Associated Press. Jan. 9, 2014.
“A federal judge on Thursday ordered lawyers for a former BP engineer to refrain from any further contact with jurors who convicted the engineer…” (read more)