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08/10 - Crisis in the Gulf: The Oil Spill and Louisiana

What is the impact of the oil spill on the landscape and livelihood of the people of Louisiana?

On April 20, 2010, the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig exploded, killing eleven workers and setting into motion one of the nation’s worst environmental accidents. By May, Louisiana had a “crude awakening” as heavy oil began washing into its marshland. Three months and 4.9 million barrels later, the well has been capped but the amount of oil that remains in the Gulf equals nearly five times the amount spilled by the Exxon Valdez, posing unknown risks to the environment and fisheries. State business groups and political leaders say that the federal ban on deepwater drilling imposed in response to the spill is crippling the oil and gas industry and costing thousands of jobs. And while BP has paid out nearly $300 million, more than 100,000 people are still waiting to hear about their claims.

Louisiana Public Square travels to Buras – the “Gateway to the Gulf” - to explore the impact of the oil spill on the landscape and livelihood of its people. Join residents, government officials, environmental authorities and wildlife and fisheries experts as they discuss the response and the ramifications to our state of the largest offshore oil spill in U.S. history.

Watch “Crisis in the Gulf: The Oil Spill and Louisiana” airing statewide, Wednesday, August 25th at 7 p.m. on LPB HD.

For the most up-to-date oil spill information visit http://www.lpb.org/oilspill


Beginning August 23, 2010, the Gulf Coast Claims Facility began handling of all oil spill related claims.

For information on how to file an oil spill related claim, visit http://www.gulfcoastclaimsfacility.com

Transcript of Gulf Coast Claims Facility administrator, Kenneth Feinberg explaining the new claims process.


Tom Bearden posted on "The Rundown"

At Louisiana Forum, Questions on Oil Spill's Long-Term Impact

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This program was also funded in part by the Louisiana Forestry Association

We want to know your opinion! Leave your comments in the box below.

I think tonight’s Public Square on the oil spill was one of the best yet. Great guests, great questions, great video, great moderating. Save that one for the archives and put it in the
“good” pile. 

Miriam Davey

Posted by Miriam Davey  on  09/14  at  02:38 PM

The American people should know that from the moment this disaster began, the federal government has been in charge of the response effort. 
As far as I’m concerned, BP is responsible for this horrific disaster, and we will hold them fully accountable on behalf of the United States as well as the people and communities victimized by this tragedy. 
We will demand that they pay every dime they owe for the damage they’ve done and the painful losses that they’ve caused.  And we will continue to take full advantage of the unique technology and expertise they have to help stop this leak.

Posted by pedro  on  11/09  at  11:15 AM
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08/16 - Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference (encore)

What difference has a decade made?

Due to severe flooding in Baton Rouge and the surrounding communities, the recording of “Black & The Blue,” which was to be the August episode of Louisiana Public Square, was cancelled. Instead we will be broadcasting an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference.” More information, including broadcast dates and times, is below.

“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference”
Eleven years ago, Hurricane Katrina swept through Southeast Louisiana, triggering what would become the nation’s costliest disaster. Less than a month later, Hurricane Rita inundated Southwest Louisiana forever altering the landscape. The storms uprooted residents, while the rest of Louisiana and its neighboring states welcomed them with open arms.
What affect did the storms have on economic development along the I-10 corridor? Just over a decade later, how have public services changed? How prepared is Louisiana to handle hurricane evacuees? And how did the hurricanes change the demographics of the state?
This month Louisiana Public Square takes a look at where the state is now on an encore presentation of “Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” airing Wednesday, August 17 at 7 p.m. and Sunday, August 21 at 11 a.m. on LPB HD.

The panelists are:
· Andy Kopplin, Office of New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu
· Paul Rainwater, Rainwater Consulting, LLC
· Stephanie Riegel, Greater Baton Rouge Business Report
· Nihal Shrinath, The Data Center

The program includes interviews with Jason El Koubi, One Acadiana; Chris Guilbeaux, Governor’s Office of Homeland Security & Emergency Preparedness (GOHSEP); Kathy Kliebert, Secretary of the Department of Health and Hospitals; Allison Plyer, Executive Director of the Data Center; John White, State Superintendent of Education; and Christopher Bohnstengel and “Byrdie” Lane, owners of Byrdie’s Gallery and Café in New Orleans.

LPB CEO, Beth Courtney, and Kim Hunter Reed,Ph.D., who served in the Blanco administration during Hurricanes Katrina and Rita, moderate the discussion.
“Louisiana Post-Katrina: A Decade of Difference” will also air in New Orleans, on WLAE. It can also be heard on public radio stations WRKF in Baton Rouge; Red River Radio in Shreveport and Monroe; and WWNO in New Orleans. Check their station websites for schedule.

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