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  • Press Release: Groups Urge Restore Council to Focus on Ecosystem Restoration | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Press Release Groups Urge Restore Council to Focus on Ecosystem Restoration May 24 2013 Posted by Kevin Chandler in Latest News FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts Molly Moore Environmental Defense Fund 240 393 0686 molly sandersonstrategies com Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Lacey McCormick National Wildlife Federation 512 203 3016 mccormick nwf org Heather Layman The Nature Conservancy 703 841 3929 hlayman tnc org Shelley Sparks Ocean Conservancy 504 616 9150 ssparks oceanconservancy org Draft plan outlining objectives and criteria for implementing RESTORE ACT released is a step forward but should prioritize large scale conservation WASHINGTON May 24 2013 Yesterday the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its draft plan for restoring the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 BP oil disaster Leading restoration organizations released the following statement in response Cleanup on Louisiana beaches after the oil disaster The Council has taken an important step in outlining objectives and the criteria for selecting restoration projects in the Gulf and we thank them for their efforts Ultimately the project list yet to be finalized should reflect a strong commitment to large scale conservation projects that will restore the natural ecosystems of the Gulf which are the backbone of the region s economy and communities We look forward to working with the Restoration Council to continue developing a comprehensive

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/05/24/press-release-groups-urge-restore-council-to-focus-on-ecosystem-restoration/ (2016-05-01)
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  • $320 Million of BP Money Released for Barrier Island Restoration in Louisiana | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife 320 Million of BP Money Released for Barrier Island Restoration in Louisiana April 30 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Media Resources Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACTS Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org 320 Million of BP Money Released for Barrier Island Restoration in Louisiana Early Natural Resource Damage Assessment funding will restore areas hurt by Gulf oil disaster Lafitte LA April 30 2013 Today Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal announced that BP has agreed to fund approximately 320 million in barrier island restoration projects in Louisiana This funding will come from the 1 billion in early Natural Resource Damage Assessment funds that BP agreed to invest in restoration of damaged natural resources resulting from the 2010 Gulf oil disaster Three leading national conservation organizations working on Mississippi River Delta restoration Environmental Defense Fund National Wildlife Federation and National Audubon Society released the following joint statement in response to the announcement More than two years after BP s initial pledge it s about time that a large amount of early Natural Resource Damage Assessment funds be released for work in hard hit Louisiana These dollars still only a portion of the 1 billion BP down payment will restore four barrier islands directly affected by the 2010 BP oil disaster that provide important habitat for birds fish and other wildlife We are glad to see the Natural Resource Damage Assessment process is moving forward because Gulf Coast restoration has waited long enough The Mississippi River Delta is an economic and environmental cornerstone for the Gulf region and the entire nation and barrier island restoration projects are an important component of necessary comprehensive coastal restoration These projects will materially advance implementation of Louisiana s 2012 Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast the foundation of the effort to reverse wetland loss in the Mississippi River Delta We encourage the Natural Resource Damage Assessment trustees the state of Louisiana the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration NOAA the Department of Interior DOI and BP to continue to work together on projects like these that will restore Louisiana s coast following the harm done during the BP oil disaster The early Natural Resource Damage Assessment projects will restore four barrier islands from Terrebonne Parish to the east bank of Plaquemines Parish and represent an investment in restoration of areas that Governor Jindal called the most injured by the oil disaster including Caillou Lake Headlands Component which is also known as Whiskey Island in Terrebonne Parish This 110 million component will restore beaches dunes and back barrier marshes Cheniere Ronquille Component which is on the west bank of Plaquemines Parish in Barataria Bay In coordination with NOAA this 35 million component will construct beaches dunes and back barrier marshes Shell Island

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  • For Immediate Release: The BP Oil Disaster - Three Years Later | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Delta an area that bore the brunt of the Gulf oil disaster In addition to speakers the event was attended by volumes of affected Gulf residents who displayed signs symbolizing the amount of oil spilled into the Gulf and calling for BP to pay its maximum fines as soon as possible so that comprehensive Gulf restoration can begin Three years after the Gulf was inundated with BP oil the wildlife habitats and people of the Gulf are still feeling the effects of the disaster Muth said In 2012 alone some 6 million pounds of BP oil was collected from Louisiana s shorelines and 200 miles of coast remain oiled We can t allow BP off the hook for anything less than justice requires a full payment for its recklessness so that real restoration of the Gulf s ecosystem and economy can begin We still have concerns about the long term effects on the Gulf and its estuaries We still see oil on the surface after storms with no one out there monitoring it We will not stop until we get the help we need Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said Our cuisine culture and economy are all dependent on a thriving healthy Gulf That means we ve all got a stake in holding BP accountable and ensuring effective restoration begins as soon as possible said Susan Spicer chef and owner of Bayona and Mondo restaurants Two years ago BP promised 1 billion to early restoration to be used in two years To date BP has only spent seven percent of the promised total said Cynthia Sarthou executive director of the Gulf Restoration Network Despite BP s slick ad campaigns the Gulf is still hurting and can t wait any longer for restoration It s time BP be held fully accountable under the law BP s oil disaster continues to impact our communities said Patty Whitney of Bayou Interfaith Shared Community Organizing BISCO After three years the Gulf and its people can t wait any longer for environmental restoration that supports resilient communities The emerging science shows that the BP oil disaster continues to have wide ranging impacts on the ecosystem of the Gulf of Mexico noted Jordan Macha Gulf States representative for the Sierra Club The people communities and economy of our region depend on a healthy and restored Gulf Citizen representation is crucial towards building a resilient and sustainable ecosystem and economy The event occurred outside the Hale Boggs Federal Building where BP is currently at trial defending its role in the disaster Environmental Defense Fund National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation are members of the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign Made up of scientists engineers policy experts and outreach professionals the campaign works to advance long term sustainable solutions for the delta s communities and wildlife More at www mississippiriverdelta org Gulf Restoration Network is an environmental advocacy organization exclusively focused on the health of the Gulf of Mexico Founded in 1994 GRN

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/04/16/for-immediate-release-the-bp-oil-disaster-three-years-later/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Media Advisory: The BP Oil Disaster - Three Years Later | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Media Advisory The BP Oil Disaster Three Years Later April 15 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Media Resources MEDIA ADVISORY For Tuesday April 16 2013 The BP Oil Disaster Three Years Later Gulf Coast residents public officials conservation groups to host press conference rally at site of BP trial CONTACTS Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Jordan Macha Sierra Club 713 299 4300 jordan macha sierraclub org Dan Favre Gulf Restoration Network 401 965 7908 dan healthygulf org Please join coastal restoration advocates government officials business owners and impacted community leaders for a press conference and rally at the federal courthouse in New Orleans the site of the ongoing BP trial to mark the three year memorial of the BP oil disaster WHAT Press Conference Rally Interview and Photo Opportunities WHEN Tuesday April 16 12 00 p m CDT WHERE Hale Boggs Federal Building U S District Courthouse 500 Poydras Street New Orleans LA 70130 WHO David Muth Director Mississippi River Delta Restoration National Wildlife Federation speaking on behalf of the Restore the Mississippi River Delta coalition Jordan Macha Gulf States Representative Sierra Club Billy Nungesser President Plaquemines Parish Susan Spicer Chef and Restaurateur Cynthia Sarthou Executive Director Gulf Restoration Network BACKGROUND Three years after 11

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/04/15/media-advisory-the-bp-oil-disaster-three-years-later/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Joint Statement on Upcoming BP Oil Spill Trial and Settlement Reports | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Joint Statement on Upcoming BP Oil Spill Trial and Settlement Reports February 23 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Clean Water Act Media Resources Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Wildlife Contact Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Lacey McCormick National Wildlife Federation 512 203 3016 mccormick nwf org Emily Guidry Schatzel National Wildlife Federation 225 253 9781 schatzele nwf org Oil Spill Case BP Needs to Be Held Accountable Washington D C February 22 2013 BP is facing tens of billions of dollars in penalties as the U S Department of Justice and the British oil giant get ready to start trial Monday over civil charges stemming from the 2010 gulf oil disaster However a report in the Wall Street Journal today suggests that the Department of Justice may be considering proposing a settlement Representatives from three of America s leading conservation organizations said the following about the trial and any possible settlement Larry Schweiger president and CEO of the National Wildlife Federation The Gulf of Mexico is more than just a place where oil companies make enormous profits it s a public jewel where our children swim where wildlife live and where we get the food we eat A potential settlement as low as the reported 16 billion would not be much of a deterrent for an oil giant like BP and it is unlikely to be enough to fully restore the Gulf of Mexico as the law requires The Obama Administration can and must do more to hold BP accountable

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/02/23/joint-statement-on-upcoming-bp-oil-spill-trial-and-settlement-reports/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Restoration Council Starts Critical Conversation with “Path Forward” | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Restoration Council Starts Critical Conversation with Path Forward January 29 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in Media Resources FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contacts Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org David Ringer National Audubon Society 212 979 3062 dringer audubon org Lacey McCormick National Wildlife Federation 512 203 3016 mccormick nwf org Heather Layman The Nature Conservancy 703 841 3929 hlayman tnc org Shelley Sparks Ocean Conservancy 504 616 9150 ssparks oceanconservancy org Restoration Council Starts Critical Conversation with Path Forward Draft plan clearly commits at least 30 percent of RESTORE funds to Gulf ecosystems WASHINGTON January 29 2013 Today the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council released its proposed path forward for restoring the Gulf of Mexico following the 2010 BP oil disaster Leading restoration organizations released the following statement in response The draft Path Forward released today is a welcome and encouraging first step as the Council clearly commits to directing 30 percent of the RESTORE Act funds to ecosystem restoration under the comprehensive plan The Path Forward also outlines how the Council will ensure that economic investments in state expenditure plans will be consistent with its comprehensive plan to restore the Gulf s natural resources In the spirit of the promises made by the President and leaders in

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/01/29/restoration-council-starts-critical-conversation-with-path-forward/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Gulf Restoration Groups Praise Historic Settlement for Oil Spill | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    Landrieu Economics Job Creation Wildlife tourism Economy Federal Policy Clean Water Act Natural Resource Damage Assessment NRDA RESTORE Act Water Resources Development Act WRDA Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Council Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force Hunting and Fishing Hurricanes Hurricane Isaac Hurricane Katrina Hurricane Rita K10 Job openings Latest News Louisiana Coastal Area LCA Whites Ditch Mardi Gras Pass Media Resources Meetings Events Mississippi River Gulf Outlet NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Gulf Restoration Groups Praise Historic Settlement for Oil Spill January 3 2013 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Clean Water Act Media Resources RESTORE Act FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Gulf Restoration Groups Praise Historic Settlement for Oil Spill Transocean penalties a step forward for unprecedented restoration efforts WASHINGTON DC Gulf restoration and economic development groups lauded the announcement today from the Department of Justice that it has reached an historic settlement with Transocean for its role in the 2010 Gulf oil spill Today s 1 4 billion settlement will be paid under the Clean Water Act for civil and criminal penalties A significant portion of those funds will be used to restore the Gulf as directed by the RESTORE Act The groups issued the following statement This is a great day for the Gulf environment and the communities that rely on a healthy ecosystem for their livelihoods said Environmental Defense Fund Greater New Orleans Inc National Wildlife Federation National Audubon Society The Nature Conservancy Oxfam America and Ocean Conservancy We thank the Department of Justice for their leadership in holding Transocean accountable and

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2013/01/03/gulf-restoration-groups-praise-historic-settlement-for-oil-spill/ (2016-05-01)
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  • Environmental Groups Praise Historic Criminal Settlement | Restore the Mississippi River Delta
    NOAA People Faces of the Delta Profiles in Resilience Staff Profiles Tributes Voices of the Delta Reports Restoration Projects 19 Priority Projects Diversions Mid Barataria Sediment Diversion Restore the Coast Science Science and Engineering Special Team SEST Seafood State Legislature The Netherlands Uncategorized Videos Wax Lake Delta Wildlife Environmental Groups Praise Historic Criminal Settlement November 15 2012 Posted by Elizabeth Van Cleve in BP Oil Disaster Clean Water Act Media Resources Restoration Projects CONTACTS Elizabeth Skree Environmental Defense Fund 202 553 2543 eskree edf org Erin Greeson National Audubon Society 503 913 8978 egreeson audubon org Lacey McCormick National Wildlife Federation 512 203 3016 mccormick nwf org Scott Madere Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana 225 767 4181 scottm crcl org John Lopez Lake Pontchartrain Basin 604 421 7348 johnlopez pobox com Environmental Groups Praise Historic Criminal Settlement Using BP criminal penalties for restoration a step forward to unprecedented civil fines Leading conservation groups praised the Department of Justice for reaching a historic 4 5 billion settlement on the criminal charges stemming from the 2010 BP oil disaster This settlement will send 1 2 billion to coastal Louisiana restoration projects with an emphasis on river diversion projects and barrier island restoration The statement by the Mississippi River Delta Restoration Campaign applauded the Department of Justice for its commitment to holding BP accountable and promoting restoration while stressing that this is only the first step in the pursuit of full accountability for the Deepwater Horizon disaster This announcement is historic not just for the dollar amount but also for the commitment it makes to restoring the Mississippi River Delta said the National Audubon Society National Wildlife Federation Environmental Defense Fund Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana and Lake Pontchartrain Basin Foundation Moreover by specifically directing dollars to fund barrier island restoration and the

    Original URL path: http://www.mississippiriverdelta.org/blog/2012/11/15/environmental-groups-praise-historic-criminal-settlement/ (2016-05-01)
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