Water & Oceans

LA Restoration Should Get Top Priority For BP Spill Fine Money: Enviros

"Rebuilding Louisiana's coast, including the rapidly eroding Mississippi River delta, should be the main use of billions of dollars in expected BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill fine and restoration money, according to two reports released Tuesday by the National Wildlife Federation and a coalition of national and Louisiana environmental groups."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/10/2014

Chesapeake Bay: New Md GOP Gov. Vows To Fight Farm Pollution Rules

"Gov.-elect Larry Hogan promised Maryland farmers Monday that his 'first fight' in office would be against costly new farm pollution regulations, even as environmental groups released new data showing many Eastern Shore chicken farms could be fouling the Chesapeake Bay."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 12/09/2014

"The Spill at Dan River"

"Every year coal-burning power plants generate not only electricity, but a staggering amount of leftover coal ash that contains heavy metals unhealthy to humans. Yet due in part to intense industry lobbying, there are no federal regulations on its disposal. It's left to the states to oversee some of the most powerful utility companies in the country."

Source: 60 Minutes, 12/08/2014

Maryland Attorney General Eyes Lawsuit Over Well Contamination by MTBE

"Maryland Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler, encouraged by whopping awards and settlements in other states, could join what one analyst calls a 'nationwide cascade' of litigation against the oil industry for its use years ago of a gasoline additive that has contaminated groundwater across the state."

Source: Baltimore Sun, 12/08/2014

EPA Fighting Order That It Decide on Gulf 'Dead Zone' Rulemaking

"The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency wants the federal appeals court in New Orleans to overturn an order that forces the EPA to decide whether federal rules are needed to curb the flow of pollutants into the Mississippi River. The pollutants ultimately feed a low-oxygen "dead zone" along Louisiana's coast each spring."

Source: New Orleans Times-Picayune, 12/05/2014
February 6, 2015

DEADLINE: Metcalf Institute Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists

Metcalf Institute for Marine & Environmental Reporting invites early- to mid-career journalists to apply for one of ten fellowships to attend its 17th Annual Science Immersion Workshop for Journalists: Global Change in Coastal Ecosystems, June 7-12, 2015, at the University of Rhode Island Graduate School of Oceanography. Apply by Feb 6th.

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