~St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro also says he won't allow removal of any oil spill cleanup equipment from staging areas in his parish.
~La. delegation clashes on ban
~BRAF to direct BP grants
BP trying to sneak out before cleanup has ended~Thanks, Katrina
Fishermen arrested in Bayou La Batre, Ala after blockade protesting getting little oil cleanup work
No Place Like Home
~Bob Edwards presents interviews over the next six weeks or so, beginning with Times Picayune environment reporter Mark Schleifstein who got 12 feet of water in his house from Katrina after co-authoring that series of article called Washing Away which warned everyone of the danger. He’ll share the first show with environmental sociologist Shirley Laska, a professor at the University of New Orleans who founded CHART, the Center for Hazards, Assessment, Response and Technology. You can hear those first two conversations on Wednesday, August 4th on the Bob Edwards Show and then a few days later on Bob Edwards Weekend. Notella~This weekend Bob interviews Herolero Jon Cleary!
Chasing Ghosts ~American Zombie
Who ya gonna call?
~Anon Comment~Having been through Katrina and watched this whole area teeter and then right itself because of the people, not the Gov or the NGOs or the contractors who descended on us and sucked money out of our recovery funds like disaster junkie hyped up vampires, I am sickened to read this blather, these banal phrases of yours. The water is not okay, it doesn't look okay, the animals we usually see out there are not there. There were lots of them suffering in the oil, and now they are not there to be seen much at all. Dead. Yes. Many are dead.
~ The_Gambit Despite Federal order limiting use of dispersants, Coast Guard approved every #bp request to do so http://bit.ly/aA7Oi4
Should I pack the tarballs in my carry on?~Bayou Girl
Twitter Not Working (For Us, Anyway) -Oil Spill Updates~SkyTruth
~Today's MODIS / Aqua satellite image of the Gulf seems to have good illumination conditions for showing oil slicks and sheen east of the Delta. We don't see much indication of the widespread sheen that was present on the July 28 imagery, although a large part of that oily-looking area is south and slightly west of the Delta and obscured by clouds on today's image. Stay tuned, this continues to be a very dynamic event.
Oiled marshes may grow back, scientists say ~Nikki Buskey
Oil, oil (still) everywhere~Gambit
Scientists point to better way to safer drilling ~TP editorial
~Robert Bea, a University of California Berkeley engineering professor who is in the study group, told Bloomberg News that regulators should halt drilling "on a case-by-case basis" and not indiscriminately. Specifically, the group called for regulators to focus on wells with "a history of abnormal repetitive well-control events" or substandard or poorly tested blowout preventers. They suggested new requirements for blowout preventers and that an individual regulator be assigned to every troubled rig to ensure compliance with safety requirements.
They also suggested that a centralized authority staffed by petroleum engineers monitor deepwater wells, with the authority to immediately shut down any rig flouting the rules. Mr. Bea equated it to the power of "a bank examiner who closes the bank, then asks for explanations."
DMR reopens Mississippi S Sound to fishing and consumption
Officials working to resolve levees, flood issues~Alexandria Town Talk
~JOINT HEARING with the Subcommittee on Disaster Recovery "Flood Preparedness and Mitigation: Map Modernization, Levee Inspection, and Levee Repairs"
29 Days 2 Year 5:
A Photographic Journey