Latest news: September 28, 2011

OUR OPINION: Lawmakers come together to help the Gulf states

By The Miami Herald Editorial Staff (Miami, Fl.). September 26, 2011.

“Remember bipartisanship? It’s comatose in Washington, D.C., but it’s not dead yet. And because a congressional committee briefly — and responsibly — revived the concept, the Gulf of Mexico, sullied by last year’s gargantuan oil spill, has a chance to return to good health, too…”

Gulf of Mexico oil spill response should address overall ecosystem needs, scientists say

By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). September 28, 2011.

“A panel of nationally recognized scientists and engineers recommended today that officials abandon their traditional methods of mitigating the impact of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico and instead recognize that the spill is only one of a number of threats to the gulf ecosystem…”

Coastal restoration projects to benefit from three federal grants

By John Pope, The Times-Picayune (New Orleans, La.). September 28, 2011.

“Three grants totaling nearly $102 million to restore coastal wetlands and barrier-island habitats were announced Tuesday in New Orleans by acting U.S. Commerce Secretary Rebecca Blank…”

Study: BP oil spill hurt common La. marsh fish

By Cain Burdeau, The Associated Press. September 27, 2011.

“NEW ORLEANS — Contrary to public perception that last summer’s BP oil spill did little damage to marine life in Louisiana, a new study says a common fish in the marshes was hurt severely by the spill and now is turning up deformed and may be unable to reproduce properly…”