The Justice Department is urging a federal judge to ignore BP's assertion that the Gulf Coast's natural resources are making a "robust recovery" from its massive 2010 oil spill.
In a strongly worded court filing Friday, government lawyers also renewed their vow to prove BP engaged in gross negligence or willful misconduct leading up to the deadly rig explosion that killed 11 workers and spawned the nation's worst offshore oil spill. BP could be liable for billions of dollars in fines if U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier sides with the government.
The state Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is closing off 13 miles of waters off Port Fouchon after a tar mat and tar balls surfaced. The Coast Guard is not yet ready to say it’s oil from the BP spill two years ago.
The recovery phase of Gulf Coast hurricanes means more than cleaning up debris caused by intense winds and torrential downpours. Recovery also means addressing insistent questions of “why do you choose to live in New Orleans?” While askers obviously have not thought deeply about this question, I do think it’s philosophical in nature. So, I offer a philosophical response with special considerations for lukewarm transplants, newbies and temporary residents who have not embraced the idea of being New Orleanian.
Seven years ago, Hurricane Katrina made landfall 65 miles southeast of New Orleans. Winds topping 100 miles per hour ripped across the city, while its outdated levee system suffered 53 breaches, slowly submerging three-quarters of the city. Floodwaters rose above eight feet in many low-lying areas.
Originally published on Fri August 31, 2012 5:12 pm
As a tropical storm was gathering strength last week, fears were growing that the fierce winds might knock out Gulf Coast refineries, send gasoline prices soaring and seriously damage the U.S. economy.
But when Hurricane Isaac slammed into the Gulf Coast on Tuesday, it was only a Category 1 hurricane, far weaker than Katrina, the monster storm that hit seven years ago.
The West Feliciana Parish Police Jury has voted to give its attorney the authority to settle lawsuits related to Hurricane Gustav debris removal.
Phillips and Jordan Inc., a firm the jury chose to pick up and dispose of storm debris after the 2008 hurricane, filed suit in 2010 after being paid only a little more than half of the $4.12 million the company said it is owed.
The Federal Emergency Management Agency refused in 2009 to reimburse the parish for leaning trees and broken or partially broken limbs hanging over public rights of way that threatened public safety.
Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 10:18 am
More than 100,000 trees — including many beautiful live oaks and magnolias — were lost when Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans in 2005.
In response, Hike For KaTREEna — a nonprofit group dedicated to reforesting the Crescent City — was created.
Since 2006, more than 10,000 volunteers have helped to plant 13,400 trees — including oaks, cypress, red maples, crepe myrtles, magnolias, redbuds, Savannah hollies and citrus trees such as navel orange, satsuma, lemon, lime and grapefruit.
It’s been nearly three years since the federal stimulus plan began. So ProPublica took all the data used on the government’s stimulus Web site, Recovery.gov, spiffed it up and added thousands of other recovery spending records. The result: the most comprehensive publicly available analysis of stimulus spending that we know of.
Projects Stimulus contracts, grants and loans in Orleans County, La. Data last updated on February 2012. We have CSV files available for download. Sign up here. Note: For some programs where states do not report where money will be distributed across the state, we do not have the allocation for individual counties.