Gulf of Mexico saltwater threatens rice, crawfish farmers. New Orleans Times-Picayune

As task force prepares oil spill report, questions arise on who will pay to restore the Gulf. St. Petersburg Times

Los Alamos National Laboratory asks NM for more time to meet cleanup goals. Associated Press

Tulsa landmarks earn energy-efficiency payback. Tulsa World

NM agency assesses nearly $7m in penalties. Associated Press

Dangerous lead levels found in nearly two-thirds of New Orleans homes, Tulane study says. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Tucson Electric opens wind farm in New Mexico. Associated Press

Cypress swamp near Lower 9th Ward will be restored as hurricane defense. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Scientists helping Xcel fine-tune wind forecasts. Associated Press

Louisiana refuses to sign BP-Coast Guard oil spill cleanup transition plan. New Orleans Times-Picayune

La. adapts to natural and manmade climate change. Louisiana Weekly

Gulf Coast lawmakers optimistic about garnering 80% of BP oil spill fines. New Orleans Times-Picayune

States push for natural-gas cars. Associated Press

Group urges Martinez to tap into state’s renewable energy. Associated Press

Obama expands Gulf drilling. Lafayette Daily Advertiser

Plan to wind down Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup is ready, Coast Guard says. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Entergy CEO steps up demand that the industry deal with global warming. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Federal deficit-reduction effort called threat to efforts to shrink Gulf of Mexico dead zone. New Orleans Times-Picayune

Mexico to earn royalty on light bulb carbon credits. Reuters

Oklahoma earthquake linked to fracking? Earth and Industry

Gulf of Mexico fish-tracking system goes full steam ahead. Los Angeles Times

Dust bowl looms if US Southwest drought plans fail. New Scientist

Drilling for shale gas in Mexico. KUT

Obama administration renews push for solar energy in West. Associated Press