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Louisiana Coastal Concerns: BP & Beyond (2013)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: News, Public Affairs, Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2013-04-24

Duration: 00:58:13

Subjects: COASTAL EROSION | BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | Graves, Garret | Louisiana. Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority | Science | Legal Issues | Fisheries | Sand berms | Gulf Of Mexico | Filmed panel discussions | Environment | COASTAL RESTORATION | D'Elia, Christopher F. | Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast


  • Erwin, Barry Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Melton, Christina Associate Producer
  • Muth, David Interviewee
  • Curole, Windell Interviewee
  • Graves, Garret Interviewee
  • Allison, Mead Interviewee
  • Lam, Nina Interviewee
  • Huye, George Speaker
  • Kracke, Sarah Speaker
  • Ratcliff, Rob Speaker
  • Wynder, Jalissa Speaker
  • Triche, Rebecca Speaker
  • White, John Speaker
  • Myers, Wallace Speaker
  • Daigle, Mindy Tobin Speaker
  • Meisner, Chris Speaker
  • Jack, Jacqueline Speaker
  • Graves, Garret Panelist
  • Curole, Windell Panelist
  • D'Elia, Christopher Panelist
  • Schleifstein, Mark Panelist


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from April 24, 2013, features a discussion between the panelists and audience members on the state’s coastal restoration master plan. The panelists are: Garret Graves of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority; Windell Curole, the general manager of the South Lafourche Levee District; Dr. Christopher D’Elia, the dean of the LSU School of the Coast and Environment; and Mark Schleifstein, the environmental reporter for and the New Orleans Times-Picayune. They discuss: whether it is realistic to save all of Louisiana’s coastline; whether coastal restoration is a statewide issue; how Louisiana is faring three years after the BP Oil Spill; how much BP fine money the state will receive; whether it is safe to live on the coast; ongoing scientific research; the effect of coastal restoration efforts on fisheries; current coastal restoration projects; the ongoing BP civil trial; bioremediation; why the state built sand berms as an oil spill response strategy; the impact of the oil spill on marine life in the Gulf of Mexico; and the timeline for the release of the results of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA) from the BP Oil Spill. Host: Barry Erwin of the Council for a Better Louisiana (CABL)