13 August 2010 News Roundup: Relief in sight? Not so fast Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 1 comment | Share: Despite weather-related setbacks, the federal government says work must go forward on a relief well meant to permanently plug BP’s blown-out well in the Gulf of Mexico. Retired Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen said during a news conference today that the well has not yet been killed. Read the full AP story here. But that doesn’t mean that Gulf communities will bounce back as soon as the cement sets. In the New York Times’ DotEarth blog, Andrew Revkin recounts some lessons in resilience. As Hurricane Katrina demonstrated all too well, creating community resilience is a long-term process. In fact, economic pain is worsening in the Gulf region, reports AFP. Fishermen express fear that it could take years or decades for the region’s fisheries to recover from the oil and chemical dispersants now mixed in Gulf waters, and lament BP’s tardiness in reimbursing their lost business. Meanwhile, the Louisiana Shrimp & Petroleum Festival plans on celebrating its 75th year come Sept. 2nd. In some ways, says the Times-Picayune, the festival (which has been cancelled just once and postponed twice) is “more resilient than its namesake industries.” One Response to “News Roundup: Relief in sight? Not so fast” Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in Wolf Weekly Wrap-Up Helicopter gunning kills 23 wolves in Idaho; Urge Secretary Jewell to abandon gray wolf delisting proposal — Call your representative by March 14; Washington wildlife agency urged to end support for abolishing federal wolf protections; The latest on Governor Otter’s wolf control board. Two Too Many Development Projects in the Ivanpah Valley While these projects most definitely directly impact a species that has been identified as threatened and is dependent on the habitat where they would be built, Silver State South and Stateline’s approval is most troubling for a bigger reason. You see, this isn’t just an issue for the Ivanpah Valley. Developers and agencies need to be conscious of how and where they plan energy projects all across the country. They need to look at renewable energy planning with a landscape-wide lens, understanding that building in the right places and making an effort to minimize environmental impacts from the start are essential. California’s Rim Fire: Opportunities Rise from the Ashes After California’s devastating Rim Fire, will officials take the opportunity to give nature a chance to fully recover?