Gulf Coast Oil Spill Disaster Summary

Indiana shrimp farming gets a bump from oil spill

From the good folks at NRDC.
Today’s summary
It was easy to forget the Exxon Valdez because Alaska was so long ago, so far away and 24/7 media coverage did not yet exist. But it’s going to be harder to forget the Gulf of Mexico oil spill because its images appeared on television for six months and the plight of thousands of people along the Gulf pulled at everyone’s heart strings. The disaster has fallen off the national news and the front pages. But sores continue to fester. A federal judge in New Orleans just issued another ruling that favors the oil industry. Conservation groups are suing BP for destroying wildlife. And in an action likely to incense Gulf coast residents, Omega Protein Corp is receiving nearly $19 million from the Gulf claims fund for its losses relating to a shortened fishing season from the oil spill. It certainly appears that the next phase of the Gulf oil spill will be playing out in court, in Congress and in the halls of public opinion.

Quotable Quote
“You tell me what that is. That’s oil,” a shrimper said after plucking a caught shrimp from a bin. “What else is it? What’s gonna happen to this shrimp five years from now? Is anybody gonna be able to eat it? That’s what I want to know.”

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“The harmful effects of the BP oil well blowout on endangered and threatened wildlife will continue for many years,” said Gregory Buppert, attorney for Defenders of Wildlife, one of the plaintiffs who sued BP for destroying the Gulf’s wildlife.

National News

AP: Court ruling: Safety drilling rules improperly issued
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman in New Orleans has already signaled he’s a friend of Big Oil in his rulings on the Gulf oil spill. On Tuesday, he did it again, ruling that the Interior Department improperly issued new safety rules after it imposed a moratorium on deep water drilling in the aftermath of the Gulf oil spill.

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ABC: It’s not over yet
There is evidence that the Gulf of Mexico is healing. People are beginning to work again. But patches of thick oil are not dwindling, and there are still many spots where it has leached into the landscape. ABC News returns to the Gulf coast to report that the disaster still resonates on land and among the people of the Gulf.

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Bloomberg: Gulf coast faces $350b in climate change damages by 2030
The future for the Gulf coast is pretty grim in many ways, not just the protracted recovery from the devastating oil spill. A study released by Entergy Corp. estimates the Gulf coast may face $350 billion in economic damage by 2030 as extreme weather fueled by climate change wreaks havoc on the region.

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RTT News: Conservation groups sue BP
Another day, another lawsuit against BP. Three conservation groups filed a suit Wednesday in federal court in New Orleans against oil giant BP for the killing of endangered and threatened wildlife and the harm caused by its massive oil spill. Defenders of Wildlife, Gulf Restoration Network Inc., and Save-the-Manatee Club Inc., alleged in their complaint that more than 27 federally-protected species inhabiting the Gulf region were harmed by the worst oil spill in U.S. history.

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NPR: A new device to contain the next oil spill
The BP oil spill has generated lots of ideas for the future, most of them tools to deal with the next big oil disaster. Exxon Mobile is building a more efficient system to contain oil in deep water. A scientist said that once built and tested, the cap-and-siphon contraption could be deployed and in use within weeks of a future well blowout.

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Reuters: Omega Protein Corp. gets nearly $19 million in oil claim payments
Until now, BP’s $20 billion victim fund appeared to be focusing on the many people whose lives and livelihoods have been disrupted by the Gulf oil spill. Now comes word that Omega Protein Corp., a producer of Omega-3 fish oil and specialty fish meal products, has received $18.7 million in payments from the Gulf Coast Claims Facility. The company sought reimbursement of costs or lost profits due to dwindled fish catch.

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USA Today: The bill for destroying wildlife
Environmental economists and scientists will be trying for years to put price tags on the animals killed and habitat destroyed by the massive Gulf oil spill in 2010. Federal and state authorities ultimately will send their bill to BP and the other companies responsible for the spill.

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Purdue News: Indiana shrimp farming gets a bump from oil spill
Indiana’s aquaculture industry could help fill a void in shrimp production left by the BP oil spill in the Gulf Coast. With consumers wary about eating shrimp in the wake of the Gulf oil spill, Indiana’s shrimp farms are ready to step in with produce.

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Times-Picayune: Plaquemines Parish continues to mop up
It’s still cleanup time in Plaquemines Parish. Crews have collected thousands of gallons of oil-water from parish waterways and filled thousands more bags of oily waste and tar balls from parish shorelines in the last two months. And the work is not yet done.

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Feature A long line snakes around the corner as Gulf victims seek aid
The line of people outside the Gulf Coast Claims Facility in St. Martin, Miss., forms early, and grows quickly. People from all walks of life are standing in line, hoping for the best. Everyone knows the financial difficulties these people have endured since the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. What folks may not realize is the mental problems these people have suffered as well, because of that spill.

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Times-Picayune: Charity groups: Gulf residents still need help



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