Latest news: January 24, 2012

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Fishers say coastal master plan could destroy their livelihoods

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune. January 24, 2012.

“Fishers from St. Bernard, Plaquemines and Jefferson parishes on Monday night objected to the reliance of the state’s proposed $50 billion, 50-year coastal restoration and protection master plan on large diversions of freshwater and sediment, charging that the freshwater will destroy their ability to catch shrimp and saltwater fish species…”

Tough choices in new plan to restore coast

By Zoe Sullivan, The Louisiana Weekly. January 23, 2012.

“Southern Louisiana residents know that the ground under their feet has been moving, and in areas, disappearing. Hurricanes and tropical storms have been eating away at the coast’s protective marshlands, which levees have cut off from the river’s sediment, which would maintain and build the land. Yet figuring out how to stop this destruction and reverse the process provokes ire among fisher folk, the shipping industry and others…”

Lawmakers seek Obama’s support on coast restoration bill

By Deborah Barfield Barry, Gannett Washington Bureau. January 23, 2012.

“WASHINGTON — Gulf Coast lawmakers hope President Barack Obama will use his address to the nation tonight to support a bill that would send most of the fines collected from the BP oil spill to the region for restoration efforts…”

BP denies Gulfport’s damages claim

By Anita Lee, Sun Herald. January 23, 2012.

“GULFPORT — BP has responded to Gulfport’s demand for $11.8 million in compensation for oil catastrophe losses with a five-page letter that says, in essence, claim denied…”