Atlantis platform in the Gulf of Mexico. (Photo by BP)

Coastal News Roundup: BP Finds Lots Of New Oil In Gulf, And More

This week on the Coastal News Roundup, WWNO’s Travis Lux talks with Mark Schleifstein, environment reporter for Times-Picayune, about a big new oil find in the Gulf of Mexico. Plus, the latest on a lawsuit related to Hurricane Katrina damages.

The following transcript has been lightly edited:

Q: On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court refused to take up a case that had to do with damages from Hurricane Katrina. Residents in St. Bernard Parish and the Lower Ninth Ward of New Orleans were claiming that the federal government owed them money for damages caused by levee failures. What was their argument?

This one’s a little bit different from a bunch of lawsuits that were filed earlier in that this one actually said that the federal government had violated the constitution by taking part of the value of their property. It’s called a “takings” case.

Q: Does that settle it? Is it over now? What happens next?

Yeah that’s it, it is now over. This is the last major lawsuit [related to Hurricane Katrina damages]. There were 500,000 individual claims that were filed against the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers after Katrina. Those are done. A lot of those people did get some compensation through either FEMA or through their flood insurance, if they were lucky enough to have had flood insurance.

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