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Engineering failures ruining Gulf Coast – Editorial
Monday, 02 August 2010 00:00

By George Williams – Cincinnati.com

Louisiana's wetlands, formed by silt deposits from the Mississippi River, used to provide a barrier against incoming storms like Katrina. According to the US Army Corps of Engineers, more than 1,875 square miles of Louisiana wetlands have disappeared from the coast since 1932, an area almost the size of Delaware. After the area's great flood of 1927, massive levees and river-control systems were implemented, which prevent the natural restoration of those marshlands; 10,000 miles of canals were built across the bayous by the burgeoning oil industry, contaminating the freshwater ecosystem with salt water.

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Restoration and Recovery Grants and Economic Assessment Teams Dispatched to the Gulf
Sunday, 01 August 2010 00:00

CSO Weekly Report

On August 16, 2010, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced $31.3 million in coastal restoration and economic development grants for Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. A $30.7 million restoration grant awarded by NOAA to the Louisiana Office of Coastal Protection and Restoration will be used to fund the restoration of a critical barrier headland near Port Fourchon, Louisiana. In addition, National Incident Commander Admiral Thad Allen announced the deployment of 19 additional Economic Assessment and Evaluation Teams – funded through a grant from the Economic Development Administration – to communities affected by the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A total of 21 interagency teams will work with communities in Florida, Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, and Texas to help develop action plans and offer guidance for their post-spill economic recovery efforts.

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Saving marshes: Experts say spill, and years of bad policy, leave little time to help top global food source
Sunday, 01 August 2010 00:00

By Matthew Tresaugue - Houston Chronicle

When Dennis Takahashi-Kelso surveyed Louisiana's coastal marshes recently, the biologist saw oil puddling in the grasses that hold the isles in place. The grasses were dying, and without them, the surrounding ground would sink into the sea — a revealing sign of the present wounds and future worries from the largest oil spill in America's history.

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Wildlife Groups Want $5B From BP For Wetlands
Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:00

New Orleans News

NEW ORLEANSThree wildlife organizations are coming together, saying BP needs to pay to rebuild the state's wetlands and barrier islands.

The groups say the state's first line of defense is barely hanging on as it is. If you add oil to that mix, the state could lose wetlands even faster, they said.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:49
Oil Damaged Wetlands May Just Have to Wait it Out
Sunday, 01 August 2010 00:00

By Alana Semuels and Rong-Gong Lin II – Los Angeles Times

Reporting from Terrebonne Parish, Comfort Island — Although thick, sprawling oil slicks have vanished from much of the surface of the Gulf of Mexico, pockets of goo still menace delicate wetlands and there is no effective way to clean them up, experts said.

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Documents indicate heavy use of dispersants in gulf spill
Saturday, 31 July 2010 00:00

By David A. Fahrenthold and Steven Mufson – Washington Post

While the BP well was still gushing, the Obama administration issued an order that limited the spreading of controversial dispersant chemicals on the Gulf of Mexico's surface. Their use, officials said, should be restricted to "rare cases."

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Missing oil in Gulf baffles officials
Thursday, 29 July 2010 00:00

By Rick Jervis – USA Today – July 29, 2010

For more than three months, Gulf Coast residents and federal officials have asked where the oil spill was headed and how much damage it would deliver. Now, a new, equally baffling question looms: Where has the oil gone? The amount of surface oil that has bubbled up from the leaking well at the site of the Deepwater Horizon rig sinking has rapidly shrunk in size since the well was capped 11 days ago, according to the Coast Guard.

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Last Updated on Wednesday, 09 February 2011 19:56
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