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Louisiana Coastal Concerns: BP & Beyond
What are viable strategies for addressing our coastal erosion in light of sea level rise, subsidence, hurricanes and oil spills?


The Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, with Louisiana's coast receiving the greatest percentage of direct ecological damage. Three years later, a civil trial is taking place to determine the financial liability of BP and three other companies for the impact to the five Gulf states.

Eighty percent of penalties paid by the responsible parties will go toward gulf coast restoration. But will it be money well-spent? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently predicted that Louisiana's southeastern coast is likely to be under at least 4.3 feet of water by the end of the century. What does that mean for projects in Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast? What are viable strategies for addressing the state's coastal erosion in light of sea level rise, subsidence, hurricanes and oil spills? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on "Louisiana Coastal Concerns: BP and Beyond" Wednesday, April 24th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD, and at 9 p.m. on WLAE-TV in New Orleans.

This week the La. Public Broadcasting TV program Louisiana Public Square focuses on "Coastal Concerns: BP and Beyond." The program will air statewide on LPB stations this Wednesday at 7 p.m. statewide, and at 9 p.m. on WLAE-TV in New Orleans.

The panelists are:
  • Windell Curole, Director, South Lafourche Levee District
  • Christopher D'Elia, Ph. D., Dean, LSU School of the Coast and Environment
  • Garrett Graves, Chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority
  • Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter for The Times-Picayune

Kirby Goidel, Director of the LSU Public Policy Research Lab, will moderate. Beth Courtney, LPB president, will host.

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