Are sediment diversions a dangerous experiment or coastal savior?
On Monday BP released a statement claiming the environment of the northern Gulf of Mexico had returned its “baseline condition” five years after its Deepwater Horizon disaster pumped more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf off Louisiana’s coast. But on Tuesday the U.S. Coast Guard was supervising the ongoing removal of a large oil tar mat on East Grand Terre Island that has yielded more than 25,000 pounds of oil mixed with sand since late February, a BPO spokesman confirmed.
It's a peculiar position for those who make their livings and live their lives around the fishing culture of St. Bernard Parish: They say that a post-Katrina rock dam restricting the waterway, which flooded the parish, is hurting their business. But scientists say it's a return to a natural balance that was upset when the canal was dredged.
A city that prides itself on embracing contradiction is now waking up to this one: The levees and pumping stations it has spent nearly 300 years perfecting to guard against external threats have also been the catalysts allowing an unseen enemy below to savage its budgets and cloud its future.
Board members debate whether they'd owe about $1.7 million to attorneys if they quit now.
Despite giving the go-ahead in concept, Congress has not sent a penny to build 15 approved projects.
Advocates say this was the professional oversight the post-Katrina levee board was designed to execute.
Parish residents rejected the increase in December, but officials hope to persuade them in May.
Louisiana's Master Plan for the coast depends in part on offshore royalties that the president wants to redirect.
Dog droppings biodegrade within days; the poop scoopers' plastic bags will sit in landfills for centuries.