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New Oil Well Approved 50 Miles Off Louisiana Coast, South Of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge

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The shallow water drilling ban recently lifted by President Barack Obama has given way to the approval of a new Gulf of Mexico oil well situated just 50 miles off of the coast of Louisiana and south of the state's Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge.

Located in the western Vermilion and eastern Cameron Parishes in southern Louisiana, the Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge is home to one of the most biologically diverse areas in the country, according to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

The state's website reports that because of coastal erosion, the refuge has lost nearly 10,000 of its original land area.

Upwards of 160,000 ducks, geese, shorebirds, and other types of waterfowl pass through the refuge annually. The state department of wildlife and fisheries says those numbers are significantly less than the 400,000 waterfowl that once descended on the refuge annually.

Below are photographs taken during a March tour of the wildlife refuge.

Animals of Rockefeller Wildlife Refuge
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