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EPW Subcommittee Holds Hearing on Assessing Damages from Oil Spill
Tuesday, 27 July 2010 00:00

CSO Weekly Report

On July 27, the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife held a hearing on Assessing Natural Resource Damages Resulting from the BP Deepwater Horizon Disaster.  The witnesses included: Ms. Cynthia Dohner, Regional Southeast Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Mr. Tony Penn, Deputy Chief of the Assessment and Restoration Division at the Office of Response and Restoration in NOAA; Dr. Eva Pell, Under Secretary for Science at the Smithsonian Institution; Dr. Robert Spies, President Applied Marine Sciences; Mr. Stanley Senner, Conservation Science Director at Ocean Conservancy; Dr. Erik Rifkin, Interim Executive Director at the National Aquarium Conservation Center; and Mr. John Young, Chairman of Jefferson Parish Council. 

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Athletes witness firsthand the damage caused by oil spill in Gulf
Monday, 26 July 2010 00:00

By Daelyn Fortney– The Dish is Veg

Earlier this month a group of athletes joined the Sierra Club on a boat tour of the Gulf Coast region to witness firsthand the devastation caused by the BP oil spill. The group encourages a full clean up of the coast along with ditching our oil dependency and moving toward clean energy to ensure a disaster of this kind never happens again.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:26
LA: Environmentalists link oil spill response, coastal restoration
Monday, 26 July 2010 00:00

By Mark Schleifstein - The Times-Picayune

Speed the reconstruction of Louisiana's coastal wetlands by tapping and dedicating a significant share of any penalties levied against BP, a group of influential national and local environmental groups urged Navy Secretary and Gulf Coast oil spill recovery leader Ray Mabus in a letter published in The Times-Picayune, the Advocate of Baton Rouge, Washington-based Roll Call magazine, and the online publication Politico.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:33
Louisiana constructing islands in the gulf to aid in oil cleanup
Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

By David A. Fahrenthold – Washington Post

ON SAND BERM E-4 IN THE GULF OF MEXICO -- In theory, Louisiana's plan to hold back the BP oil spill sounds awe-inspiring, like an ancient myth made possible with oil-company money: To keep out an offshore invader, the state wants to make new land rise from the sea.

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Last Updated on Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:32
How oil-damaged marsh grasses recover could affect gulf's rebound
Monday, 26 July 2010 00:00

By David A. Fahrenthold - Washington Post

In the next act of the drama of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, two of the most important heroes don't look like heroes. They are just thin green stalks, sticking out of grass too wet to stand on. They are cordgrass and wiregrass, common species that wave in the winds in south Louisiana's coastal marshes. Except, in some places, they aren't waving anymore: Where oil has sloshed into the marshes, their stalks are matted and gooey and on their way to death. What happens next -- whether these two grasses rebound or vanish -- will be a very important piece of the gulf's larger environmental story. Now that the well has been capped, the next question is whether marsh and marine ecosystems can shrug off the oil's damage, or whether it will leave them with lasting wounds. "Many of us are much more worried about the marsh than we are about fish and shrimp and all that," said Denise Reed, a wetlands expert at the University of New Orleans. "If those plants die, they don't come back. And the marsh is gone."

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Allen's letter to BP notes seep, 'undetermined anomalies' at wellhead
Monday, 19 July 2010 00:00

By David A. Fahrenthold – Washington Post

A day that seemed destined for success ended in ambiguity Sunday. The blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico remained shut for the fourth day, but the national incident commander reported concerns about seepage around the well and ordered BP to improve its monitoring of possible problems.

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Iraq War Veterans Join Environmentalists in the Oiled Gulf of Mexico
Saturday, 17 July 2010 00:00

By Bryan Walsh – Time

Robin Eckstein has a closer relationship than most of us to the long supply chains that brings oil from the well to the wheel. In 2007 she was an Army truck driver in Iraq, shipping fuel from Baghdad International Airport to the forward bases of American operations. The U.S. military is an oil-thirsty machine, and it was the job of troops in logistics, like Eckstein, to keep the occupation fueled. That meant driving miles every day in a fuel convoy through some of the most dangerous streets in the world.

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