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Natural Resource Damage Assessment

A Way of Life at Risk on the Anniversary of the BP Oil Spill

Jeffrey Buchanan | Posted 06.18.2014 | Green
Jeffrey Buchanan

On April 20, 2010, an explosion on BP's Deepwater Horizon oil rig kicked off the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history, as nearly five million barrels of oil spewed into the Gulf Coast over the next several months. Most of that oil is still there, and will be for years to come.

Shrinking Coast, Sinking Land Discussed at Louisiana Forum

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.25.2014 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Speakers at last week's State of the Coast or SOC 2014 conference at the Ernest Morial Convention Center in New Orleans balanced grim projections for Louisiana's low-lying areas with possible solutions.

Louisiana turns sand berms into barrier islands

Susan Buchanan | Posted 08.02.2013 | Green
Susan Buchanan

(This article is published in "The Louisiana Weekly" in the June 3, 2013 edition.) Scientists and engineers questioned the cost and longevity of san...

Gulf Coast Leaders Want BP to Clean Up Its Mess

Susan Buchanan | Posted 10.28.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Regional leaders at a Gulf Coast Restoration Summit said they're relieved that Congress passed the RESTORE Act in June. But they're unsure when money from RESTORE, which devotes 80 percent of BP's Clean Water Act fines for the 2010 spill to Gulf states, will be available.

Louisiana Coastal Director Says BP Must Pay To The Max

Susan Buchanan | Posted 09.21.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Garret Graves, chairman of Louisiana's Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, said last week "we will not allow BP to walk out of here, wiping its hands" of the company's responsibilities.

Oil Seeps and Slicks Studied Near BP's Macondo Well

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.15.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Scientists say oil and gas seeps surrounding BP's Deepwater Horizon well appear to be mostly natural and to pre-date the 2010 spill.

Focus on Coastal Restoration Not Retreat, Louisiana's Senator Landrieu Says

Susan Buchanan | Posted 05.18.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Louisiana needs to get smart quickly about coastal restoration, U.S. Senator Mary Landrieu said in her hometown of New Orleans last week.

Views Collide At Meeting On Louisiana's Coastal Plan

Susan Buchanan | Posted 04.02.2012 | Green
Susan Buchanan

A New Orleans open house held by Louisiana's coastal restoration authority last week on a draft of the state's 2012 Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast drew mixed, earnest and sometimes vehement comments.

Now Is the Time to Invest in Restoring the Health of the Gulf of Mexico

Vikki N. Spruill | Posted 02.06.2012 | Green
Vikki N. Spruill

It took just 89 days for that well to spew over 4 million barrels of oil, but it will take much longer for us to fully understand the impact of this disaster -- and longer still to rebuild a healthy and prosperous Gulf of Mexico.

Funds For Reviving the Coast Will Be Lean, Even With BP's Infusion

Susan Buchanan | Posted 07.16.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

An injection of BP funds and continued spending by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers may not be enough to counter decades of erosion along the Gulf, sp...

Scientists Need Funds to Continue Spill-Related Research

Susan Buchanan | Posted 06.20.2011 | Green
Susan Buchanan

Last summer, biologists and chemists whipped through Gulf waters collecting samples to gauge impacts from BP's spill. Analyzing some of those samples is stalled, however, until BP releases more research funds.