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    Live from the Gulf: Recreational Fishing on the Rebound in Louisiana

    NEW ORLEANS — Yesterday marked a significant milestone for recreational fishermen in Louisiana. After weeks of closures, the state opened approximately 86 percent of recreational fishing areas. Recreational fishing differs from commercial fishing, which remains off limits in many areas. The move, however, was hailed by Louisiana Department of Wildlife … More

    Live Video from the Gulf: The Moratorium In Their Own Words

    One of the many questions Heritage’s team in the Gulf asked locals when they visited last week was how they thought the President’s drilling moratorium would affect them. We have highlighted some of the many concerns they shared in a new video. They were roundly critical of the composition of … More

    Live from the Gulf: Jindal's Four-Point Plan for Revitalizing Coastal Louisiana

    NEW ORLEANS — With the Gulf oil spill approaching its 90th day, Gov. Bobby Jindal outlined an ambitious plan Wednesday to restore confidence in Louisiana and revitalize its oil-infested coast. His four-point plan puts the federal government and BP on notice for their role in the cleanup. Jindal was joined … More

    From Disaster to a Catastrophe In the Gulf - What's Obama's Endgame?

    To many along the Gulf Coast, the oil spill response is Katrina… with a difference. With Katrina, says Mark Riley, an official in Louisiana’s Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness Department, the problem was that the federal government showed up with its “hurricane bag” and found a disaster. This time, they showed … More

    Live From the Gulf: A Rallying Song for America

    As President Obama’s Oil Spill Commission met in New Orleans, Louisiana yesterday, they were met with an unexpected surprise. Drew Landry, a Lafayette native and singer-songwriter treated the commission to a rallying cry for the people of the Gulf, and some wise advice. The Huffington Post reports: “”We definitely need … More

    Louisiana Losing Patience With BP, Government on Oil Spill Claims

    BATON ROUGE, LA — BP has yet to make a single payment from the highly publicized $20 billion claims fund negotiated by President Obama last month at the White House. The fund, which Obama hailed as a breakthrough, is supposed to provide $5 billion by the end of the year … More

    Live From the Gulf: How Much Will President Obama's Drilling Moratorium Cost? (VIDEO)

    The team Heritage sent to the Gulf has been reporting on what they found during their tour of the Gulf states. Last Thursday, one member of the delegation, Distinguished Fellow Ernest Istook, interviewed Loren Scott, professor emeritus at Louisiana State University on President Obama’s oil drilling moratorium. Professor Scott has … More

    Obama's Oil Spill Commission Criticizes Offshore Drilling Moratorium

    NEW ORLEANS — In an ironic twist of fate, the chairmen appointed by President Obama to study the impact of the Gulf oil spill turned their attention to Obama’s own offshore drilling moratorium as a significant factor causing economic harm. Commission co-chairman Bob Graham, a former Democratic senator from Florida, … More

    Live from the Gulf: Obama Team Blocks Media from Oil Spill

    Last week, CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported that the federal government was blocking media access to coastal areas around the Gulf, preventing them from taking photos and reporting on the environmental damage of the oil spill. You can watch the video and see Cooper is livid that the Obama administration is … More

    Live from the Gulf: Government Attorney on Moratorium: The Environment Trumps Jobs

    Despite fears of how President Obama’s moratorium on deepwater drilling will devastate the Gulf Coast economy, the Administration’s lawyers claim that the damage to the economy must be disregarded:  Protecting the environment is the only issue that matters. Although the courts have lifted the moratorium, the fears that it will … More