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Congress Hasn't Passed A Major Environmental Law In 1,894 Days

The Huffington Post | Kate Sheppard | Posted 04.23.2014 | Politics

It's been a long time since Congress passed a major new environmental law -- at least 1,894 days as of Tuesday. Based on an informal survey of ...

A Way of Life at Risk on the Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Jeffrey Buchanan

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig kicked off the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, as nearly five million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf Coast over the next several months. Most of that oil is still there, and will be for years to come.

Shrinking Coast, Sinking Land Discussed at Louisiana Forum

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Speakers at last week's State of the Coast or SOC 2014 conference at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans balanced grim projections for Louisiana's low-lying areas with possible solutions.

I Was There: Three Years After BP Spill, Applying Lessons Learned From Exxon Valdez

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 06.22.2013 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

The view from the deck of the Exxon Valdez was grim. The slick was huge; birds and other wildlife were covered in oil, dying; and hardly any containment effort had begun. The spill would kill an enormous number of animals -- seabirds, bald eagles, sea otters, seals and whales.

BP Oil Spill Fine Upset: Likely to Soar Tens of Billions

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 12.11.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

Just after mainstream financial news outlets reported that BP p.l.c. is close to a settlement for the 2010 Deepwater Horizon explosion that killed 11 workers and caused the worst oil spill in U.S. history, there is more bad news for BP that could cause its fine to soar tens of billions of dollars.

Louisiana's Lafitte Area Wants Levee Plans Expedited Following Isaac

Susan Buchanan | Posted 12.09.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Residents of the Jefferson Parish town of Jean Lafitte, 25 miles south of New Orleans, hope a levee can be built soon after they were inundated by Isaac in August and a string of earlier storms.

BP: Still Leaking (Updated)

Janet Tavakoli | Posted 12.09.2012 | Business
Janet Tavakoli

As if British Petroleum didn't have enough trouble with its Gulf Coast damage settlement, Norwegian authorities are investigating a "substantial" oil and gas leak off the coast of Norway.

Gulf Coast Senators Seek Fair Deal

Reuters | Posted 12.06.2012 | Green

By Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON, Oct 5 (Reuters) - Senators from the U.S. Gulf Coast urged President Barack Obama on Friday to ensure th...

Time for BP's Fantasy to Turn Into Payback for the Gulf

David Yarnold | Posted 11.14.2012 | Green
David Yarnold

What's the difference between BP paying $5.4 billion to repair the epic mess it created along the Gulf Coast and the $21 billion check it should write? Two words: "grossly negligent."

Gulf Coast Leaders Want BP to Clean Up Its Mess

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Regional leaders at a Gulf Coast Restoration Summit said they're relieved that Congress passed the RESTORE Act in June. But they're unsure when money from RESTORE, which devotes 80 percent of BP's Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 spill to Gulf states, will be available.

Louisiana Coastal Director Says BP Must Pay To The Max

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Garret Graves, chairman of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, said last week "we will not allow BP to walk out of here, wiping its hands" of the company's responsibilities.

RESTORE Act: Key Environmental Legislation or Blank Check for Businessmen and Developers?

Cherri Foytlin | Posted 09.18.2012 | Green
Cherri Foytlin

One thing is for sure: When it comes to how the billions of dollars in BP fines slated for the Gulf Coast is used by the states, advocates, watch-dog groups and citizens alike best keep their nose on the money trail.

"Resilience" Theme Irks Gulf Residents at Green Conference

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.16.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

A number of Louisianans attended, and the theme of resilience or withstanding adversity didn't sit well with some of them, who said the state had suffered unnecessarily from oil-and-gas greed and the mistakes of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. What exactly upset attendees from Louisiana?

New Law On BP Spill Fines Raises Stakes For Gulf States

Reuters | Posted 09.15.2012 | Green

(Repeats to widen readership) * States have higher incentive to demand higher BP fines * Complex talks, litigation could...

BP Fines Could Create Thousands Of New Jobs In The Gulf States

The Huffington Post | Alexander Eichler | Posted 06.14.2012 | Business

As Congress weighs whether to send billions of dollars in oil-spill compensation to the Gulf region for restoration, a new study suggests that tens of...

Two Years Later: New Partnership for People and Nature in the Gulf

Mark Tercek | Posted 06.20.2012 | Green
Mark Tercek

I am proud to announce The Nature Conservancy's new partnership with Oxfam America in the Gulf of Mexico. We aim to show that environmental restoration is the foundation for lasting economic security for Gulf Coast communities.

Bless These Shrimp: Faith, Fishing And Gulf Coast Restoration

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 06.19.2012 | Religion
Jeffrey Buchanan

For many years, communities of faith have provided a safety net to fisher families impacted by bad seasons or disasters like Hurricane Katrina and the BP spill. They have also seen firsthand the vital connection between the health of natural resources and the life of the community.

Focus on Coastal Restoration Not Retreat, Louisiana's Senator Landrieu Says

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.18.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Louisiana needs to get smart quickly about coastal restoration, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu said in her hometown of New Orleans last week.

Senate's RESTORE Act a Big Win for the Gulf and all of America's Coasts

Dennis Takahashi-Kelso | Posted 05.19.2012 | Green
Dennis Takahashi-Kelso

The RESTORE Act is simply about fairness for the Gulf. The truth is that we are only at the end of the beginning of restoration. We don't even know the full impact of the BP oil disaster yet.

Now Is the Time to Invest in Restoring the Health of the Gulf of Mexico

Vikki N. Spruill | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Vikki N. Spruill

It took just 89 days for that well to spew over 4 million barrels of oil, but it will take much longer for us to fully understand the impact of this disaster -- and longer still to rebuild a healthy and prosperous Gulf of Mexico.