OFFSHORE DRILLING: The Obama administration releases – and Louisiana Republicans protest – new safety rules aimed at preventing a repeat of the deadly 2010 BP Gulf oil platform explosion and resulting spill. (New York Times / New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• An independent safety board calls for regulators to verify offshore drillers are complying with safety rules. (New Orleans Times-Picayune)
• A coalition of marine biologists implores President Obama to block seismic testing saying air-gun blasts threaten the extinction of rare whales. (Southern Environmental Law Center)
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