Three years after the Deepwater Horizon oil spill dumped nearly five million barrels of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, a civil trial is taking place to determine the financial liability of BP and three other companies for the impact the spill has had on the five Gulf states. Louisiana Public Broadcasting’s award-winning public affairs show Louisiana Public Square looks at the damage done by the spill and what measures are being considered to save our coastline on Wednesday, April 24 at 7PM on LPB and 9PM on WLAE-TV32 in New Orleans. It also airs Sunday, April 28 at noon on LPB.
Eighty percent of penalties paid by the responsible parties will go toward gulf coast restoration. But will it be money well-spent? The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) recently predicted that Louisiana’s southeastern coast is likely to be under at least 4 feet of water by the end of the century.

What does that mean for projects in Louisiana’s Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast? What are viable strategies for addressing the state’s coastal erosion in light of sea level rise, subsidence, hurricanes and oil spills?

Up to 20 average citizens will have a chance to voice their opinion on the subject and question a panel of experts.
The panelists include:
• South Lafourche Levee District Director Windell Curole
• LSU School of the Coast and the Environment Dean Christopher D’Elia, Ph.D.
• Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority Chair Garrett Graves
• And Times-Picayune Environmental Reporter Mark Schleifstein

LPB President/CEO Beth Courtney and LSU Policy Research Director Kirby Goidel host.
The program will be simulcast on KRVS-FM in Lafayette and air on WRKF-FM in Baton Rouge on Thursday, April 25 at 7PM.
For more information, visit the Louisiana Public Square at lpb.org/publicsquare.

Published: April 23, 2013
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