More then 1/4 of the nations energy is produced off the coast of Louisiana. Shoudn't it have a plan to save the 35 sq. miles that it's losing every year to erosion? Radio host, Tommy Tucker asked Newt if he would make a committment right now to the people of Louisiana that he would make it a priority in his administration. Newt wrote about this directly after Katrina. It's a topic he's been briefed on again and again because of his background in teaching environmental studies and having lived in New Orleans, he is very committed.
He worked with Senator Landrieu to get a bigger share of the offshore oil. Newt believes states that have offshore oil should get the same 50% break that states who have onshore resources do. That would be 15% more of the royalty stream that you are getting and would more then pay for redoing the wetlands. He says the BP money should go directly to the states that have been hurt by the oil rig blow out. It should not be distributed thru the federal administration. Newt says, remember 1 out of every 4 seafood dollars is produced in Lousiana. The wetlands really matter. They are the nurseries and the incubators of the shrimp and other things that are vital to the health of the Gulf and I am very committed to the right program. It is something I tried to convince the Bush admin. to do..."
Please listen to him talk about this when he was on Tommy Tucker's radio program today.
Skip and Keith...I'm apologize if this is too political for the front page. I am hoping that because it is a topic that overlaps with Louisiana's profits from drilling and it's wetlands,that it will be okay to post here.
Before you relegate it to the political group(obscurity), will you please take in to consideration, many people avoid the political group like the plague as they do not want to stay in that constant state of contentiousness. It's not the happiest place to be reading. ;) Yet everyday Lousianans who care about the issues affecting them and their energy industry in their very own state, as well as the erosion of it, probably would like to have this information before they vote tommorow. Thanks, whatever you decide.
Sarah, I read your post and I certainly agree with you regarding coastal erosion. I have not listened to Tommy Tucker radio program yet as I wanted to reply before this post gets relegated to political thread as I never read that. I speak from my vantage point as a geologist who worked for USDA-Soil Conservation Service for 30 years doing erosion and flooding control studies in 6 states.
I do not believe there is enough money to restore the marsh lands of La. The impact of nutrias being introduced onto Avery Island has contributed greatly to the destruction of marsh lands. And the dredging of channels into the marshes by oil companies has been most destructive. In my opinion we should be doing all possible to save what remains and restore as much as possible. Maybe in a thousand or so years we can gain some ground by restoration.
I note your reference to 35 sq. acres per year being lost to erosion. Perhaps you meant 35 sq. mi. Certainly much more than 35 acres. I have personally seen the damage in the marshes of La. as I spent 5 years doing geophysical studies for oil exploration (50 years ago).
I am a conservatioist and am also in the oil business now. The 2 things can co-exist if we can keep Federal Government out of it.
Aubrey thank you for sharing from your unique vantage point of working as a geologist for 30 years trying to prevent erosion of our precious coastal lands as well as working in the oil buisness. Yours is an important voice so thanks so much for sharing. Yes, I did type this quickly and made a few errors. I did mean to say 35 sq. miles a year according to Tommy Tucker's sources. Sorry I don't have that exact source but regardless it is indeed something that needs attention. If by nutrias you mean those rat looking creatures, I've never had the privelage of living in LA, but they did somehow get introduced to some of our parks with small lakes in N. Houston and boy do they reproduce! I appreciate you chiming in here. I hope everyone will listen to that audio interview in the link above before they cast their vote on Saturday.
Sarah, Yes, the very big rat looking critter. Once while working in the marshes I accidentally snagged one on my fishing pole. I promptly cut my line!! Sure didn not want it in my boat. They were imported by Morton Salt people from South America and they escaped during a hurricane. Since then they have migrated "up North" all the way to Washington, DC and all other parts of country via rivers. They are real menaces. They have been known to burrow into earthen flood control dams causing them fail. Many years ago LA had a 25 cent bounty on them. Guess state was going broke paying bounties so they stopped!!!!!
I join you in asking people to vote.
So you didn't want to take that critter home and eat it??? lol. Can't Imagine why! I mean, the Clampett's would have.
Seriously, the park ranger in Houston was telling us about their impressive burrowing skills and what menaces they are-they were killing them too... but I had no idea these rats made their way up to Washington DC and beyond. Yikes. I do remember backing away from them when they first came swimmign up to me. But, I'm getting off topic.
I too, hope people vote what's in their hearts today.