Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia will offer a marine biology degree when classes begin later this month.
The new undergraduate major is expected to attract more than a dozen students, according to SAU provost and vice president for academic affairs Trey Berry. The 2010 Gulf Oil Spill heightened awareness about the need for studying oceans and the human toll on the Gulf Coast ecosystem, according to Berry.
British oil giant BP reported $3.6 billion in profit in its second quarter earnings release Tuesday. The company also reported $260 million in charges related to the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill, NOLA.com reports.
Most of the charges are funds set aside to pay for future litigation relating to the spill.
The start of some major funding for coastal restoration begins next month. It’s part of the Restore Act fund established after the 2010 BP oil spill. Some are concerned there’s no details yet on how the affected communities will get their say on how it’s spent.
The 2010 BP Oil Spill ruined the Cat Island bird sanctuary, a pelican nesting site. Plaquemines Parish got initial funds to restore the island, but has failed to raise the rest needed. Now, the project leader is starting restoration anyway.
A federal judge in New Orleans is ordering a new trial for a former BP engineer convicted of deleting text messages related to the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.
It stems from comments the jury forewoman overheard in a courthouse elevator.
BP engineer Kurt Mix was convicted in December of deleting messages he exchanged with his supervisor. Prosecutors allege he was trying to obstruct a grand jury investigation. Defense attorneys interviewed jurors after the verdict.