Federal study links coastal erosion to OCS energy exploration
Environmentalists have been saying it for years. Oil companies have staunchly denied it. Now a new study from the federal Minerals Management Service says yes, oil and gas pipelines that cut through wetlands do cause coastal land loss. The report, according to the Times Picayune, studied dredging of canals for laying pipe to production platforms in the Outer Continental Shelf of the Gulf of Mexico, where the federal government holds sway. Dredging canals to lay pipe caused the greatest land loss, while building spoil banks with the dredged material altered flooding patterns in wetlands. The combination allows saltwater intrusion, which kills native vegetation, causing habitat changes and ultimately coastal erosion.
None of this is new information. The real question is how this study will affect the percentage of federal responsibility and ultimately federal funding for Louisiana's coastal restoration.
Is it a crime for citizens to photograph, video, or take notes of a police officer in the line of duty, or a right protected by the First Amendment of the U.S. Constitution? Locally, such activity, as witnessed recently, will at the very least result in a night spent behind bars.
David Calhoun and Elizabeth “EB” Brooks are the first two employees of Lafayette Central Park Inc., the nonprofit charged with turning Lafayette Consolidated Government’s 100-acre Johnston Street Horse Farm property into a passive public park. Calhoun was named executive director, and Brooks is director of planning and design.
Episcopal School of Acadiana’s Dr. Joshua Caffery, chair of the school’s English Department, is headed to Washington, D.C., and the Library of Congress as the latest winner of the Alan Lomax Fellowship in Folklife Studies.