04/13 - Louisiana Coastal Concerns: BP & Beyond

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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. (Taping Tuesday, April 23rd.)
1. How much of an impact does the coast have on your livelihood?
2. How much of a priority should “preserving Louisiana’s Coast” be to state government?
3. Do you feel that your state government representative is focused on coastal issues that impact you?
4. Would you like to see groups or entities, such as universities, be involved in the study of how to make coastal communities more resistant to disaster?
5. Would you like to see groups or entities, such as universities, be involved in the economic valuation of Louisiana’s Coast? That is, assigning a hard dollar value to every mile of coastline for purposes such as insurance claims, disaster relief, and natural research valuation?
6. In your opinion, is living on the Louisiana coast a personal risk?
7. In your opinion, should the government aid those who choose to risk living on the coast after disaster strikes?
8. In your opinion, how much did the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill of 2010 affect the gulf coast?
9. In your opinion, was the state of Louisiana as a whole affected by the BP Oil Spill or just the southeast coast?
10. In your opinion, do you think that the recovery money from BP will be well spent?
11. What do you think the majority of the recovery money from BP should be used for?
12. In your opinion, how long until the area affected by the BP Oil Spill can be considered fully recovered?
13. In your opinion, are the low-lying areas of coastal Louisiana beyond saving?
14. What is your personal opinion? Do you think that the world's temperature probably has been going up over the past 100 years, or do you think this probably has not been happening?
15. Do you think that this rise in global temperature is primarily the result of human activity or primarily the result of other factors?
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