March 2012

Louisiana Oystermen Still Struggling Two Years After Oil Spill

Almost two years ago an explosion on an offshore drilling rig killed 11 men and sent 4.9 million barrels of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico. The result was the worst environmental disaster in United States history. Of all the local businesses affected by the spill, Louisiana's once-flourishing oyster industry is probably in the worst condition. Oysters are still scarce and consumers are still afraid to eat them.

Scientists say BP oil spill the culprit for heavy toll on corals

The damaged corals were discovered in October 2010 by academic and government scientists, but it’s taken until now for them to declare a definite link to the oil spill.

Most of the Gulf’s bottom is muddy, but coral colonies that pop up every once in a while are vital oases for marine life in the chilly ocean depths. The injured and dying coral today has bare skeleton, loose tissue and is covered in heavy mucous and brown fluffy material, the paper said.

World Water Day 2012: Food & Security

 

At Waterkeeper Alliance, we celebrate water every day. Swimmable, fishable, drinkable water is a basic human right for which we all strive. Whether you’re joining P.Diddy for a sunset cruise on his yacht or picking up litter off your local beach, we hope you choose to celebrate World Water Day this March 22nd by remembering how important clean water is to our existence.

Tell Congress: Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right!

The Clean Water Act - one of our nation’s key pieces of environmental legislation - allows millions of American’s to reclaim our nation’s waterways and make them safe for swimming, drinking, and fishing. Sadly, the Clean Water Act is currently under attack.

After Partial Settlement, Oil Spill Case on a Slow Boil

By Robert Verchick
The BP Oil Spill case settled! Well, part of it. The smaller part. But, still, we must count this a victory for U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier, whose reported 72 million pages of assigned reading will inevitably be shaved down. (Does this man have an iPad?)

Gulf Oil Spill Settlement Underway

Gulf oil spill settlement reached; BP expected to pay out $7.8 billion

BP and the private plaintiffs in the massive Gulf oil spill litigation have reached a settlement that BP estimates will cost $7.8 billion. But that is an uncapped amount, an the court still must supervise the payment of damages. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier also issued an order delaying the trial for a second time in light of the settlement.

http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2012/03/bp_plaintiffs_...

Judge postpones Atchafalaya Basin ruling

Local crawfish farmers and environmental activists will have to wait another week before knowing if a legal battle against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will take a turn for the better.

Members of the Atchafalaya Basinkeeper, Louisiana Crawfish Producers Association West and the Louisiana Environmental Action Network are using a federal lawsuit in an attempt to force an Atchafalaya Basin landowner to remove a dam and other structures the corps permitted after the construction was already complete.

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