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6:13 pm
Wed June 26, 2013

40,000-Pound Tar Mat Discovered Off La. Coast

Oil boom and bags of soiled sand lay on a Grand Isle beach in June 2010.
Jason Saul WWNO

A 20-ton tar mat has been discovered off the coast of the Grand Terre barrier island, CNN is reporting.

The 40,000-pound mix of oil, sand, shells and seawater was dug out of the shallows by workers off Grand Terre over the last few weeks, according to Lt. Commander Natalie Murphy, a Coast Guard spokeswoman.

Murphy told CNN the tar mat was approximately 165 feet long and stretched about 65 feet wide, though only about 15% of the total weight was oil.

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6:58 pm
Tue June 25, 2013

Scientists Forecast Biggest Dead Zone Ever In Gulf Of Mexico

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This year's dead zone in the Gulf of Mexico may be as large as the state of New Jersey, National Geographic is reporting. The publication quotes scientists who say that would make it the biggest dead zone ever recorded.
A New Jersey-size dead zone may put a chokehold on the Gulf of Mexico this summer, according to a forecast released this week.
The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
11:58 am
Mon June 17, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Coastal Restoration Crucial For Business

R. King Milling
Credit America's Wetland Foundation

Restoring the Gulf Coast is also a critical business issue, as R. King Milling, chairman of the governor’s Advisory Commission on Coastal Protection and Restoration and the former president of Whitney Bank, explains.

TRANSCRIPT:

Bob Marshall: What is your association with coastal issues in Louisiana?

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
10:42 am
Mon June 17, 2013

Video: Bob Marshall Interviews Experts About Coastal Loss

On May 22 at Loyola University, The Lens’ Bob Marshall moderated a discussion among experts about the condition of the Louisiana coast and what can be done to restore it.

Appearing on the panel:

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BP Oil Spill
1:50 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

BP Ends Oil Spill Cleanup In Gulf, Except For Louisiana

BP is scaling back its cleanup efforts from the Deepwater Horizon oilspill in areas outside Louisiana. Here, a photo from last September shows alluvial clay and tar mats on the shore of Elmer's Island, in Jefferson Parish, La.
Gerald Herbert AP

BP is ending its cleanup of the massive Deepwater Horizon oil spill in three Gulf Coast states this month, leaving Louisiana as the only state with ongoing cleanup linked to the company's Deepwater Horizon Response effort. Reports of oil sightings in Alabama, Mississippi, and Florida will soon be the U.S. Coast Guard's responsibility to investigate.

For NPR's Newscast unit, Debbie Elliott reports:

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
12:33 pm
Mon June 10, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Getting Involved

Kevin Gotham.
Credit Tulane University

After interviewing nearly 20 people involved in the coastal restoration process and program — from scientists and engineers, to public officials leading agencies — one of the surprising findings was the consensus among them that people living inside these levees — who live in the most threatened spot in North America due to sea level rise, subsidence and coastal land loss — don’t seem to be fully engaged or aware of just how precarious their situation is.

So, is this common?

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
12:26 pm
Mon June 3, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Measuring The River

The Bonnet Carré Spillway when it was opened in 2008. Scientists now say much of the sediment and water the Mississippi River carries into Louisiana never makes it to the Gulf of Mexico.
Credit Jason Saul / WWNO

If there is one underlying justification for Louisiana’s $50 billion Master Plan for coastal restoration, it’s this: We actually have a chance to prevent Southeast Louisiana from drowning in the Gulf, because the Mississippi River carries the sediment necessary to keep pace with sea level rise.

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Poisoned Places: Toxic Air, Neglected Communities
3:33 pm
Thu May 30, 2013

Baton Rouge's Corroded, Overpolluting Neighbor: Exxon Mobil

An evening view of the Exxon Mobil oil refinery complex in Baton Rouge, La.
John W. Poole NPR

Originally published on Fri June 21, 2013 8:50 am

If you stand in front of Almena and Sidney Poray's house in Baton Rouge, La., and look straight down the street, past the other houses and the shade trees, you see more than a dozen plumes of exhaust in various hues of gray and white.

"That's something you see every day, the same thing if not more," says Almena Poray. "Sometimes it's a darker gray; sometimes it's a black smoke coming out."

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
7:45 am
Mon May 27, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Budgeting The River

The Mississippi River basin with major tributaries and state boundaries. The width of a river indicates its mean water discharge.
USGS

Let’s imagine it is the Spring of 2025, and Louisiana is preparing to open three diversions on the lower Mississippi so fresh water and sediment can reach wetlands struggling to stay ahead of sea level rise.

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The Louisiana Coast: Last Call
6:21 pm
Wed May 22, 2013

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call — Part One

We've collected the first five episodes of our ongoing environmental series The Louisiana Coast: Last Call into one podcast.

You can play the stories on this page, right click on the player and select "Save As" to download it, or find all of our last call podcasts here:

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