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East bank levee authority approves $9.2 million oil spill settlement with BP

The east bank levee authority on Thursday (July 16) approved settlements of BP oil spill damage claims totaling $9.2 million, including $8.2 million for levee districts in New Orleans and St. Bernard and east Jefferson parishes, and $1 million for claims of...

BP partner Anadarko responsible for oil spill fines, federal judge says

A federal judge tasked with setting pollution fines for the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill said a minority investor in the failed Macondo well is on the hook for potential federal pollution fines, regardless of whether it was responsible for the disaster.

BP global settlement could bring $8.7 billion for Louisiana coastal restoration

Louisiana's coastal restoration program could get $8.7 billion over more than a decade under a settlement of BP oil spill claims announced Thursday (July 2), the largest cash infusion ever for the state's gargantuan restoration efforts, officials said. Details of the complex settlement will...

Plaquemines Parish rejects BP settlement offer as too small

Plaquemines Parish has turned down a settlement offer from BP to pay for damages caused during the Deepwater Horizon disaster and oil spill because it was too small to compensate for the losses, two lawyers representing the parish in settlement talks said Monday...

Final New Orleans flood insurance maps show lower rates for many

New maps for St. Bernard, Jefferson parishes could be approved in spring and summer

Lake Foundation asks to lease Pontchartrain Beach for public swimming beach

The Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation asked an east bank levee district committee on Thursday (May 14) if it could lease the historic Pontchartrain Beach site in New Orleans to reopen it as a public swimming beach and nature preserve. The committee agreed...

5 things you should know about BP's state of the Gulf report

BP released a report Monday (March 16) that said the Gulf of Mexico is rebounding from the effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill. "Areas that were affected are recovering and data BP has collected and analyzed to date do...

BP oil spill contributed to dead dolphins, scientists say, citing tissue samples

The BP oil spill contributed to the deaths of bottlenose dolphins along the Gulf of Mexico's northern coast, scientists said Wednesday (May 20), citing a study of tissue samples that for the first time found conclusive evidence of a link between the disaster...

BP oil spill's poisons linger, fines should go to restoration, says NY Times editorial

The BP oil spill has left behind poisons that continue to disrupt the ecology of the Gulf of Mexico and its shoreline, said an editorial in Wednesday's New York Times. The newspaper also said fines stemming from the disaster should be spent...

St. Bernard tax defeat means higher flood risk, flood insurance rates, levee leaders warn

The defeat of a property tax increase by St. Bernard Parish voters on Saturday (May 2) will result in a reduction in flood protection preparedness for the 2015 hurricane season and during heavy rainfall events in the parish, levee officials warned on...