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LSUTigersVCURams
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NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
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Best part of the article - the mayor of Jean Lafitte
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persuaded allies in the Legislature to create the Lafitte Area Independent Levee District. Funded by a small property tax, the levee authority pays [the mayor] $12,000 a year as its president, on top of his mayoral base salary of $79,538, according to legislative audits.


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Since prospectors first discovered oil in Louisiana 117 years ago, 57,465 wells have been drilled in 10 coastal parishes, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources. Thousands of miles of canals have been dredged through marshes for access. They broaden each year from erosion caused by boat traffic and storm currents, even as their spoil banks block natural water flow. A 50,000-mile thicket of pipelines connects rigs to refineries and tank farms across the state.

After years of laissez-faire regulation, some consequential finger-pointing has begun in the courts, where parish governments and private landowners are for the first time suing energy companies to rebuild their land. To date that burden has fallen mostly on taxpayers, even when the property being repaired is owned by oil and gas interests, an examination of state records shows.

The impact extends far beyond Louisiana’s shoreline.

The slender coastal zone, stretching west from Breton Sound across the mouth of the Mississippi to Sabine Pass, contains 37 percent of the estuarine marsh and the largest commercial fishery in the contiguous 48 states. Its ports support 24 percent of the nation’s waterborne commerce and a fifth of its oil supply. The coast provides winter habitat for five million migratory waterfowl. Along with man-made levees and flood walls, it is the buffer that keeps the Gulf of Mexico from draining into New Orleans, much of which sits below sea level.

Last year, Louisiana officials acknowledged for the first time that even with a vast restoration program, even with tens of billions of dollars they do not have, they no longer believed they could build land fast enough to offset the losses. Plotted on a map, their projections show 40-mile swaths, encompassing Jean Lafitte and everything below it, splashed in red to denote that, without action, they will disappear within decades. The crisis has become existential, with policymakers confronting choices about which communities they can afford to rescue.

In the starkest illustration, a $48 million federal grant is being used to relocate the nearly 100 residents of Isle de Jean Charles, a narrow spit in lower Terrebonne Parish that has lost 98 percent of its land over 60 years. In a national experiment, the money will be used to buy land and build homes for those willing to move to higher ground on a sugar farm near Houma, about 40 miles north.



Nothing everybody here doesn’t already know but it’s a good article.
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Cosmo
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
The biggest problem is the mississippi river levee and flood protection system which prevents silt entering marshes.

Which is government’s fault.

Look at a satellite map, the Atchafalaya delta and wax lake outlet are gaining land as silt is diverted there.

Sea levels are not rising. Land is simply being lost.
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LSUTigersVCURams
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
We know that, but that’s too high level of an analysis for an NYT journalist to wrap their head around. Anything beyond just printing Rockefeller foundation policy statements is above their pay grade. Let them have their thing man.

MR diversion is not even mentioned in the article btw
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Cosmo
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
I understand is easier to blame the big bad corporations than government.

What I do blame oil companies for is doing nothing with abandoned wells which are an eyesore.


SprintFun
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
frickin liberal media.


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crazycubes
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
Currently, there is no good solution to this . Right now, the best solution will be to simply relocate people. That being said, I remember in elementary school in the 1980s hearing that Houma and Morgan City would be gone by 2000. And, yea, looks like they're still there.


lsufan112001
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
Everyone takes blame in this one.
It’s nothing but a band aid approach at this point. It’ll be a slow death.
And the restoration projects take too long to be authorized and constructed. The state should have its own dredgers and not these contractors. Just keep rebuilding full time and not be delayed or have the need for permits.


Lakeboy7
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
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57,465 wells have been drilled in 10 coastal parishes, according to the state’s Department of Natural Resources. Thousands of miles of canals have been dredged through marshes for access.


Nothing to see here, move along. Corporations are people.


AbitaFan08
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
tl;dr

I can only assume it’s a glowing article about how the coast is doing fine and any tiny issues to be resolved are being handled swiftly and efficiently by the state government.
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MadtownTiger
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
Growth faults compromise probably close to 60-75% of all LA land loss...but that's too much science and makes nature the "bad" guy.

Pipeline canals should however be filled in by oil companies if that canal/pipeline is no longer flowing.

But the parishes suing oil companies... Ya that'll go well. Not like JBE hasn't already driven operators from drilling here, but now parishes are bringing up legacy lawsuits. You don't want oil companies drilling prospects, the few that are left on the LA Coast, and paying you taxes cause that's what happens when you bring up bull shite lawsuits to fill your corrupt coffers.

The only way your going to rebuild the Belize delta area at a decent pace to get close to subsistence rates is to blow a shite ton of holes in the levee to dump the sediment before the end of the river, imo. That'll will severely hamper fisheries...so those people will bitch. It's a mess in general but then you have probably the most inept, do-nothing, money wasting state government in the country.
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schwartzy
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
Any silt that remains by the time it reaches the mouth of the MS is just falling thousands of feet deep in the ocean. The levees further up north from Belle Chase downward need to have breaches. Yes, at some point, the people of Pilottown and Boothville will need to move so the area can be flooded. Silt that floods out there can at least potentially build land. All that’s happening now is it’s being lost from erosion as well as it sinking. Two factors are working against its preservation.


TDcline
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
It’s a shared fault of both the companies who know exactly the environmental consequences of what they’re doing, but greased the political leaders in Louisiana gov’t with a history of selling the state down the river... literally

But due to the state's dependence on oil, we are now powerless against the big companies who have pimped our coastline for 30+ years now without a mandate to headquarter their businesses here. We’re like big oil’s side-chick.. frick us then run home to Texas. They paid enough shitty Louisiana politicians to be able to keep their base of operations in Houston, while exploiting Louisiana. Big spill? Let’s do some press releases and a PR campaign and the people of Louisiana will forget all about it because they need the jobs.

Other states diversified their economy when their economic staples of the past went down (see Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania) While Louisiana never diversified its economy into other areas. Why? Big oil absolutely wanted a state completely dependent on them, so they’d never question the status-quo. Don’t bite the hand that feeds, even if that hand is feeding you shite.
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
They need to do like Shell and convert old rigs into artificial reefs.

LINK
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yellowfin
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
Most would love to do that but the government gets in the way


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choupiquesushi
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
Sea level rise has zero to do with La's coastal issues


Cosmo
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
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Sea level rise has zero to do with La's coastal issues


Correct

Why is land not being lost along the AL and FL gulf coast? Shouldnt sea level rise take land everywhere?

One paragraph in that article blamed the levee system.

They mentioned global warming and rising sea levels like 5 times.
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fischd1
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
We need to divert the Miss River to build back our coast. Nothing else will accomplish this. We may have to lose our oyster business but it must be done.


SamuelClemens
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
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Everyone takes blame in this one.


Says you. I take no blame in the matters.


REG861
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
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I understand is easier to blame the big bad corporations than government.


Yep, Corps of Engineers deserves more blame than anyone.


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Bmath
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re: NYT has a feature up about the Louisiana coast. Pretty interesting.
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Growth faults compromise probably close to 60-75% of all LA land loss...but that's too much science and makes nature the "bad" guy.


That’s always been the case, but when you wall off the river it can no longer collect the sediment needed to keep up with subsidence and weathering.


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