In a controversial emergency measure, BP will pay $360 million so Louisiana can build sand berms along six reaches of barrier islands in an effort to protect oil from invading the state’s delicate marshes and buffer against hurricane storm surge. Related Links: The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers decision to offer permits for emergency berming of six reaches of barrier islands around the Mississippi River Delta to prevent oil from entering marshes and bolster protections against storm surge. Map of the project area on the east side of the Mississippi Delta Map of the project area on the west side
The market is generally healthy and steadily growing, and margins are up for large specialty contractors. Further, advances in design tools and owner demand for collaboration are giving subcontractors a seat at the table early on in projects.