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Play Button  extra - Is Louisiana another Alaska? - Aaron Viles, with the Gulf Restoration Network, a coordination of representatives from various conservation organizations across the Gulf of Mexico, touches on his concerns regarding the oil spill and Louisiana fisheries.
Play Button  extra - A "troubling" government response - Aaron Viles, with the Gulf Restoration Network, a coordination of representatives from various conservation organizations across the Gulf of Mexico, says the response he has seen from the government following the oil spill was troubling.
Play Button  extra - Dispersant Uncertainty - Ralph Portier, Ph.D, an aquatic and marine toxicologist with LSU, voices his concerns about the use of dispersants to combat the oil spill.
Play Button  extra - Overlooked Oil - Ralph Portier, Ph.D, an aquatic and marine toxicologist with LSU, gives his opinion on amount of oil remaining.
Play Button  extra - "...the spill is not over." - Ralph Portier, Ph.D, an aquatic and marine toxicologist with LSU, touches on the legacy of the oil spill.

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

CLAIMS INFORMATION:

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.



PBS NEWSHOUR:

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.

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How well is the state’s public school system really performing?

One national survey ranks Louisiana as 49th for academic achievement of public school students. Another national report ranks the state dead last. So, how well is the state’s public school system really performing? Where is there room for improvement? What will the new federal “Every Student Succeeds Act” mean for education in Louisiana? And how have the historic summer floods changed things? Louisiana Public Square explores these issues and more on “Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” Wednesday, September 28 at 7 p.m. on LPB HD and in New Orleans on WLAE.

The panelists are
• Superintendent Michael Faulk, Central Community School System
• James D. Garvey, Jr. , BESE Board President
• Scott Richard, Executive Director, Louisiana School Boards Association
• Rep. Patricia Haynes Smith, D- Baton Rouge; House Education Committee

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“Pass or Fail? Louisiana’s Education System” 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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