Coastal Desk

Environment
3:08 pm
Sun March 23, 2014

Why The Exxon Valdez Spill Was A Eureka Moment For Science

An oiled murre passes the darkened shoreline near Prince William Sound, Alaska, less than a month after the March 1989 spill.
Erik Hill Anchorage Daily News/MCT/Landov

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:36 am

On March 24, 1989, the tanker Exxon Valdez struck a reef in Prince William Sound, Alaska, spilling 11 million gallons of crude oil into the pristine water. At the time, it was the single biggest spill in U.S. history. In a series of stories, NPR is examining the lasting social and economic impacts of the disaster, as well as the policy, regulation and scientific research that came out of it.

Twenty-five years of research following the Exxon Valdez disaster has led to some startling conclusions about the persistent effects of spilled oil.

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Environment
6:41 am
Sun March 23, 2014

The Lingering Legacy Of The Exxon Valdez Oil Spill

Originally published on Mon March 24, 2014 10:37 am

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RACHEL MARTIN, HOST:

Here in this country, a barge carrying nearly a million gallons of oil has collided with a ship in Galveston Bay, Texas. Cleanup crews are on the scene, but there's no word yet on the extent of the damage.

The spill comes as the country marks a grim milestone. Twenty-five years ago, Captain Joseph Hazelwood made this emergency call.

CAPTAIN JOSEPH HAZELWOOD: Yeah, it's the Valdez back, we've, should be on your radar there, we've fetched up hard aground.

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Environment
3:48 pm
Tue March 18, 2014

Environmental Groups Sue Plaquemines Coal Terminal For Violating Clean Water Act

Coal and petroleum waste leak into the Mississippi River from the United Bulk Terminal facility in Plaquemines Parish on Feb. 18. A consortium of environmental groups sued the facility Tuesday morning.
Credit Scott Eustis / Healthygulf.org and SouthWings.org

A lawsuit filed Tuesday morning by a coalition of environmental groups says the United Bulk Terminal, a coal export plant in Plaquemines Parish, is polluting the Mississippi River and threatening communities, and wetlands, nearby.

With a number of new coal plants scheduled to come online in the next few years, the lawsuit seeks to bring the plant into compliance with the law, and up to the standards of other states.

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Green Minute
1:05 pm
Sat March 1, 2014

The Green Minute: NOLA Trash Mob

The NOLA Trash Mob during a recent cleanup at Bayou St. John.
Credit NOLA Trash Mob

We’ve all heard the phrase "One man’s trash is another man’s treasure," but what about "One city’s trash is another man’s mission?"

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Environment
1:16 pm
Thu February 27, 2014

WWNO Coastal Desk And Listening Post: What Do You Think About Flood Insurance?

WWNO is launching its Coastal Desk, a new intiative to cover issues vital to the resilience of Louisiana's waterfront communities. That includes hearing from you, through our Listening Post project.

Take part by texting "Hello" to (985) 200-2433

Sign up and you'll receive text messages with questions about coastal issues in the area. You'll also receive information as we hear about it. It's a way to create conversation on topics like flood insurance, coastal erosion, and how these things impact life in Louisiana.

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Coastal News
2:26 am
Thu February 27, 2014

FEMA Flood Insurance Law Faces Partial Repeal Over Premiums

Levees, like this one in New Orleans, must be certified by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers before appearing on federal flood maps. This change has resulted in higher flood insurance premiums in some areas.
Mario Tama Getty Images

Originally published on Thu February 27, 2014 9:38 am

The House is expected to vote as early as next week to partially repeal a 2012 law that overhauled the National Flood Insurance Program, which is tens of billions of dollars in debt.

The law was meant to make people living in flood-prone areas foot more of the insurance bill. But lawmakers didn't realize how many homeowners would be affected — or how hard they'd be hit.

You can find some of those homeowners in Bayou Gauche, about 30 miles west of New Orleans.

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Coastal News
4:43 pm
Tue February 25, 2014

Photos: WWNO Launches Coastal Desk With Trip To Port Fourchon

A map of offshore oil and gas leases in and around Port Fourchon.
Credit Eve Troeh / WWNO

WWNO has launched its Coastal News desk, an ongoing reporting initiative focusing on the science and industry of the coast, and the people who live and work there.

We begin with photos from a trip to Port Fourchon, exploring life and industry on and near La. 1. Stay tuned for more in-depth coverage soon.

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Environment
10:08 am
Wed February 5, 2014

Garrett Graves Leaving Position As Coastal Protection And Restoration Authority Chair

Governor Bobby Jindal announced late yesterday that Garret Graves is leaving his position as chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Graves has held the position for the last six years. Environemental reporter Bob Marshall of the Lens says that Graves' was highly praised for his leadership in re-writing the state's coastal Master Plan in 2012.

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Green Minute
9:56 am
Thu January 30, 2014

The Green Minute: Reduce, Reuse, Repair

An example of DIY repair: Desoldering using a vacuum plunger (blue, right) and a soldering iron (yellow, left).
Credit Mysid

Reduce, reuse and recycle — or the three Rs — are well known as the pathway to green. But there is an R that has been routinely left out. The R for REPAIR.

Unlike our grandparents, we regularly replace items rather than opting to fix things. While their motto was, “use it up, wear it out, make it do or do without”, we’ve relegated our broken stuff to the trash pile.

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Environment
9:58 am
Mon January 13, 2014

The Louisiana Coast: Last Call

Below are segments 1, 3 and 4 of the 15-part series The Louisiana Coast: Last Call. The series aired on the New Orleans NPR affiliate, 89.9 WWNO, between May 13, 2013 and December 2, 2013.

Total running time for the three segments is 27 minutes, 37 seconds.

You can find more information on each segment, including graphics and full text, at the links preceding each audio file:

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