April 21, 2017

Louisiana governor declares emergency over disappearing shoreline

NPR - Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards has declared a state of emergency over the state's rapidly eroding coastline.

It's an effort to bring nationwide attention to the issue and speed up the federal permitting process for coastal restoration projects.

"Decades of saltwater intrusion, subsidence and rising sea levels have made the Louisiana coast the nation's most rapidly deteriorating shoreline," WWNO's Travis Lux tells our Newscast unit. "It loses the equivalent of one football field of land every hour."

More than half of the state's population lives on the coast, the declaration states. It adds that the pace of erosion is getting faster: "more than 1,800 square miles of land between 1932 and 2010, including 300 square miles of marshland between 2004 and 2008 alone."

The governor estimates that if no further action is taken, "2,250 square miles of coastal Louisiana is expected to be lost" in the next 50 years. He emphasized the importance of the land to industries such as energy, maritime transportation and trade.


greg gerritt said...

If john Bel Edwards does not immediately shut down the fossil fuel indsutry in Louisiana, then he is criminally negligent, incompetent, and a fool. Climate change and the destruction of marshes by the fossil fuel industry, is what is killing Louisiana.

Paul Kwiatkowski said...

No Problemo .. We have the technology.. we can COREXIT