Louisiana presses BP for oyster money


NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Louisiana’s congressional delegation is asking BP to help Louisiana’s oyster industry immediately. In November, Louisiana asked BP PLC to give it $15 million so the state could start repairing oyster beds damaged by the Gulf oil spill.

But Louisiana’s congressional delegation says BP still hasn’t given the state the money, or even responded to the request.

U.S. Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., said Wednesday that oyster beds need to be restored before this spring’s spawning season. Oyster production has dropped off badly since the oil spill happened following a well blowout April 20.

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