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BP Oil Spill: Sand Berms Questioned (2011)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-01-21

Duration: 00:05:50

Subjects: BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | United States. National Commission on the BP Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill and Offshore Drilling | Environment | Sand berms | Coastal engineering | COASTAL RESTORATION


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Alford, Jeremy Producer
  • Crews, Keith Photographer
  • Ulmer, Fran Speaker
  • Chabert, Norby Speaker
  • Beinecke, Frances Speaker
  • Bahr, Len Interviewee


This segment from the January 21, 2011, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Jeremy Alford’s report on the National Oil Spill Commission’s criticism of the state’s use of millions of dollars to create sand berms. It includes footage of Commissioners Fran Ulmer and Frances Beinecke discussing the commission’s view that the sand berms were not an effective oil spill response strategy with state officials at a meeting in Baton Rouge. The report also touches on the money paid to contractors to construct the berms. Hosts: Charlie Whinham and Shauna Sanford