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Topical Storm Lee: Nearing the Louisiana Coast

Tropical Storm Lee Map - Cone - Track

Updated 8am 9-3-11

Tropical Storm Lee nears the Louisiana Gulf Coast Saturday morning packing maximum sustained winds of 60 mph.

Tornado warning are being put up all over the Louisiana coast. The storm is a slow-mover which will set it up to dump as much as 20″ of ran along some parts of it’s track.

Flood watches and warnings have gone up from Louisiana as far east as the Florida panhandle. Some minor street flooding and power outages are being reported in New Orleans, but the pumps and dike system are holding up to Lee.

Six Years After Hurricane Katrina, Grassroots Organizations Lead Gulf Recovery

Community Leaders Across the Gulf Coast Call for National Support

NEW ORLEANS, Aug. 29, 2011 /PRNewswire/ — Six years after Hurricane Katrina, poor and low-income residents, African-Americans, immigrants, indigenous populations, and other at-risk communities living along the Gulf Coast report that the storm’s devastating effects continue to be felt. The need for environmental restoration, affordable housing, employment opportunities, the right to return for displaced persons, and access to quality healthcare and education remain, and have been exacerbated by new disasters including Hurricanes Gustav and Ike and the BP oil disaster.

“The disasters that have devastated the Gulf Coast over the past six years – whether natural or manmade – have created the need to rebuild anew, and grassroots organizations have been taking the lead, working to create a just and sustainable future for the region. However, Federal assistance is a must if the region is to indeed be made ‘whole’ as promised by both this and the previous administrations,” states Stephen Bradberry, Executive Director, Alliance Institute, and Advisor, Gulf Coast Fund.

Founded in the wake of Katrina, the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health is a community-led philanthropy focused on long-term social and environmental sustainability for the region. The Fund provides grants and support to over 200 organizations on the ground in all five Gulf states and works closely with community leaders, creating programs and opportunities for them to forge networks and strengthen relationships. In turn, these leaders are playing a decisive role in Gulf Coast restoration, galvanizing local residents, heightening the accountability and responsiveness of elected officials, and working to mobilize national support for Gulf Coast renewal.

“We must continue to demand governmental accountability on all levels – local, state, regional and national – and restore full civic participation in the region,” states Jaribu Hill, Executive Director, Mississippi Workers’ Center for Human Rights, and Advisor, Gulf Coast Fund.

BP Disaster: Community Leaders Call for Legislation

Gulf Coast communities continue to experience economic and environmental problems due to the April 2010 BP drilling disaster, and reports of severe oil-related health issues continue to climb. According to the National Atmospheric and Oceanic Administration, almost 500 miles of coastline from Louisiana toFlorida remains contaminated. Activists from across the Gulf are calling on Congress and the Administration to support the RESTORE the Gulf Coast Act of 2011, legislation introduced in the Senate last month that would require 80% of Clean Water Act penalties levied against BP for the drilling disaster to go towards ecological and economic restoration of the Gulf. “While the RESTORE act is a good start, we also need legislation to create a Regional Citizens Advisory Council to give coastal communities a seat at the table as oil and gas development continues in the Gulf,” notes Aaron Viles, Deputy Director, Gulf Restoration Network, and Advisor, Gulf Coast Fund. “The Gulf Coast is a national treasure, and it’s urgent that we move forward with restoration immediately,” Viles declares.

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SOURCE Gulf Coast Fund

Web Site: http://gulfcoastfund.org

White House Nominates Gulf Coast Fund Director as ‘Champion of Change’

NEW ORLEANS, July 18, 2011 — LaTosha Brown, Director of the Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health (http://gulfcoastfund.org), has been nominated as a “Champion of Change” by the White House for her work to help the Gulf Coast recover from the BP drilling disaster. The Gulf Coast Fund is a community-led philanthropy working towards a just and sustainable Gulf Coast region that funds and supports over 200 grassroots organizations.
“Champions of Change” is a special series at the White House that profiles Americans from across the country who are doing extraordinary things in their communities to out-innovate, out-educate and out-build the rest of the world. To learn more about the Champions of Change program visit: http://www.whitehouse.gov/champions.
“I am honored to receive this recognition from the White House on behalf of the Gulf Coast Fund and its partners. I am also grateful for the opportunity to highlight the accomplishments of our grantees across all five Gulf Coast states,” declares LaTosha Brown, recipient of the “Champion of Change.”
In addition to being formally recognized at the White House on July 19th, Ms. Brown will also participate in the Gulf Coast Sustainable Economies Roundtable. The purpose of this roundtable discussion is to share best practices and connect local leaders with the Federal resources they need to succeed. Additional meetings are also being organized by the U.S. Departments of Energy and Commerce.
The Gulf Coast Fund for Community Renewal and Ecological Health is a vital resource for grassroots organizations throughout all five Gulf Coast states, distributing over $4,000,000 to date in grants. The Gulf Coast Fund supports projects that strengthen and amplify community organizing, address social justice concerns, build movement, and create a just and sustainable future for the region. Founded in 2005 after hurricanes Katrina and Rita, the Gulf Coast Fund is the only regional philanthropic initiative that is run collaboratively with Gulf Coast communities, focused on all five Gulf Coast states, and led by respected advocates and grassroots organizers from across the region.

Breitling Oil and Gas Announces Exploration in Louisiana

IRVING, Texas, June 14, 2011 — Breitling Oil and Gas Corporation, an independent exploration and production company based in Irving, Texas, announced that it has spud the Breitling-Sandy Run #1 prospect in St. Helena Parish, Louisiana on June 12, 2011.

The Breitling-Sandy Run #1 is a 3800′ well and is targeting Miocene Sands which showed seismic amplitude anomalies on a recently acquired 3D data set.

The Sandy Run Prospect is regionally located on the Gulf Coastal Plain with structural dip predominantly in a south to southwest direction. Sandy Run is on strike with numerous Frio gas fields found to the northwest in Amite Co., Mississippi. These Frio fields were found using seismic that identified the reservoirs by a similar amplitude anomaly.

Breitling Oil and Gas expects to recover reserves of 6 to 9 BCF of natural gas.

Management anticipates the well will reach total depth in about 7 days. Well completion and testing should begin during the first week of July.

Breitling Oil and Gas CEO Chris Faulkner stated, “I am pretty bullish on natural gas pricing over the next 18 months so it’s the perfect time to drill the Breitling Sandy Run.” Faulkner added, “We have great well control and 3D over the prospect and the reserves could be sizeable.”

An additional 3 wells can be drilled if commercial production is found in the initial test well. Breitling has current oil and gas exploration projects all over the United States.

For more information on this and other activities of the Company, see the Breitling Oil and Gas website at http://www.breitlingoilandgas.com.

Breitling has current oil and gas exploration projects all over the United States.