How Much is Louisiana Water Worth? | Gulf Restoration Network – According to a presentation made by James Devitt of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, the “fair market value” of underground water taken for industrial use averages a small fraction of a cent per gallon. Matt Rota of Gulf Restoration Network asks: “Who is that ‘fair’ to? Certainly not to the Louisiana citizens that own this public resource.”
The Interior Department’s Office of Natural Resources Revenue said the fines stem from the company’s “knowing or willful” decision to keep deducting transportation costs when calculating royalty payments for some of its Gulf leases, months after being rebuked for the practice.
Free at last | Gambit – Opinion writer Clancy Dubos makes a key point about the state’s Master Plan to restore the coast:
“Without funding, the coastal master plan is not a master plan at all. I’m not saying it’s a bad plan; I think it’s an excellent plan — but it’s not really a master plan. A real master plan has a start date and a completion date. It also has a budget, a specific revenue source, and realistic price tag. This plan has none of those. It’s more a strategic plan — which is important to have as a starting point — but it is not a true master plan. “
Officials break ground on Iberville redevelopment | The New Orleans Advocate – “The full project is planned to include 880 units, including 304 public-housing apartments, 315 market-rate homes and 261 workforce units. The plan also includes the addition of 112 housing units for elderly Iberville residents at the former Texaco Building on Canal Street. Renovation of that building began in November.”
Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and...
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