Opinion: Louisiana shuns science

Officials push sand berm plan to protect Gulf Coast from oil, as researchers caution against the move

Len Bahr
Aug 4, 2010
Governor Bobby Jindal and the state's local government officials are ignoring the input of Gulf Coast researchers in pushing ahead with plans to build sand berms to protect the Louisiana coast from oil.
The first segment of sand berms along
the northern section of the (submerged)
Chandeleur Island chain photographed
from about the same location and altitude
on 25th June (top), 2nd July (middle),
and 7th July (bottom)
Image: Courtesy of Len Bahr
The latest blow to the highly stressed landscape of the Mississippi River Delta was the Macondo Deep Horizon oil well blowout on April 20 of this year. This explosion killed eleven men and, until being capped on July 15, released an estimated 60,000 barrels a day of crude petroleum a mile beneath the gulf surface and about twenty miles southeast of the closest land.Absence of plans for responding to such a massive oil release, combined with panic...




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