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Gulf restoration after oil spill should include conservation land purchases
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 12:45

By Associated Press The Times-Picayune July 18, 2012

More than two years after the catastrophic BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, environmental groups say billions of dollars the British oil giant is expected to spend on restoration should go toward buying tens of thousands of acres of coastal land for conservation, rebuilding Louisiana's eroding wetlands and creating nearly 200 miles of oyster reefs. Under the Oil Pollution Act, companies must pay to restore areas fouled by a spill. The amount BP will have to pay is subject to ongoing litigation with the government, which also will choose how to spend the money. Regardless, the company is expected to pay billions of dollars for the more than 200 million gallons of oil spilled from its out-of-control well after the rig Deepwater Horizon exploded in April 2010. For full story, click here. For related joint report on restoration projects and recommended policies (July 2012), click here.

Gulf oil spill cleanup draws fresh criticism
Tuesday, 24 July 2012 12:42

By Mark Schleifstein The Times-Picayune July 18, 2012

With oil from the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico continuing to show up on beaches and in wetlands along Louisiana's coast, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday passed a resolution criticizing the Coast Guard for prematurely allowing BP to pull cleanup teams from coastal areas it declares clean. The authority passed a second resolution requesting the governor's office and the state attorney general's office to brief its members on whether any of the state's criminal statutes can be applied to BP. For full story, click here.

Gulf Coast states, environmental watchdogs await billions in oil-spill fines
Monday, 09 July 2012 00:00

By Ledyard King and Deborah Barfied Berry – The Town Talk – July 6, 2012

It took Gulf Coast lawmakers more than two years of prodding and negotiating to persuade a divided Congress their communities deserve most of the billions of dollars BP Plc will pay in fines for its role in the 2010 oil spill. Now comes another challenge: figuring out how to spend that money. For full story, click here.

Restore Act Boosts momentum for LA Wildlife's ongoing work in Gulf
Monday, 09 July 2012 00:00

By Laurie Wiegler – Examiner July 6, 2012

Last week, Chris Macaluso of the Louisiana Wildlife Federation spoke to Examiner about why the RESTORE Act's millions are eagerly anticipated here in a state where both coastline and creatures suffer. For full story, click here.

Job: Post-doc Quantitative Ecologist, coastal/Gulf oil spill research
Friday, 20 July 2012 00:00

The Florida State University Coastal and Marine Laboratory seeks a Quantitative Ecologist to contribute to an ecosystem-based food web model. The work will focus on developing a spatially-explicit 3-D marine food web model. The overall model contains sub-models for food-web interactions among species, habitat availability, nutrient loading, biomagnification of pollutants, and other chemical and biophysical features crucial for ecosystem functioning, with submodel contributions from others on hydrographic processes, and chemical and biological factors that influence primary productivity. The model is intended to evaluate ecological, social, and economic questions relevant to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill and other extreme events that influence ecosystem health.

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Obama signs transportation bill heralded as 'triple win' for Louisiana
Monday, 09 July 2012 00:00

By Bruce Alpert – Times-Picayune – July 6, 2012

President Barack Obama on Friday signed into law a transportation bill that is expected to funnel billions of dollars in fines from the 2010 BP oil spill to Louisiana and four other Gulf states. The bill is the most significant for Louisiana adopted by the current Congress, which has been best known for bitter partisan battles. For full story, click here.

Vanishing Paradise Hails Congressional Progress on RESTORE Act
Monday, 09 July 2012 00:00

By Don Dziedzina Illinois Outdoors  July 2, 2012

The coalition of more than 700 national state and local hunting and fishing organizations and businesses that is Vanishing Paradise praised the Senate and House for reaching an agreement on a Surface Transportation Extension Act conference report that includes the RESTORE Act. The RESTORE Act dedicates 80 percent of the Clean Water Act fines from BP and other parties responsible for the 2010 Gulf oil disaster to restoring the Gulf Coast environment and economy. For full story, click here.

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