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According to the U.S.G.S., the state lost just under 1,900 square miles of land between 1932 and 2000.
“It’s crystal clear, according to every single scientific study, including studies done by the [oil and gas] industry itself, that industry activities are responsible for a substantial part of the land loss,” said John M. Barry ... former vice president of the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East (SLFPA-E), the government body charged with overseeing the flood protection system covering most of metro New Orleans.
I called both D. Phil Turnipseed of the National Wetlands Research Center, and Jerome Zeringue, the chair of the C.P.R.A. board and Jindal’s executive assistant for coastal activities, who acknowledged that the state’s current map is deceptive. Of the existing map, Zeringue told me, “People get a false sense of security, they see these topographic maps, they see these solid platforms of marsh that aren’t there… it’s a false reality.” But both officials declined to publicly advocate for a change, which may be legally impossible. Eighty percent of Louisiana’s coast is privately owned.
John Barry, the author and instigator of the lawsuit against the oil companies, he was quick to say, “It will never happen.”
He recalled a meeting he attended when he was still on the levee board. It was considering a proposal to install markers around New Orleans showing how high the floodwaters rose during Katrina. Some of the markers would go on levees.
“They came to us because you can’t do anything on the levee without our permission,” recalled Barry, who said the board was supportive of the plan. “There was a guy there from the Business Council [of New Orleans]. He said, ‘This is a bad idea whose time should never come.’ He was worried you were going to scare people.”
originally posted by: Marionette
a reply to: Greven
They absolutely should do this. Having just been in the middle of the South Carolina flooding, I think we all could have used a reminder of how high the water can go in certain areas. The last flood here was in 1973, and a lot had been forgotten in that time.
Our situation was bizarre and unusual. Louisiana is a whole different situation and they should be doing everything they can to keep their population aware of what can happen under the right circumstances.
The power of water is scary, that's why!