Forests and Wetlands

Sand Banks of the Atchafalaya Basin

Sand Banks of the Atchafalaya BasinWhy is sand needed to restore the coast spent filling the Atchafalaya Basin floodway?Two weeks ago, GRN went out with Jody Meche of Crawfish Producers West to see how the crawfish-producing lakes of the Atchafalaya Basin have become hills. Instead of muddy bayous, thick with trees, grit and sand chewed …

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Export Pipeline does not account for Flood Damages

A recent editorial on an Energy Transfer Partners pipeline spoke to the benefits of the large crude oil export pipeline. These benefits are advertisements. What we need are solid promises written into a contract with the public in an Environmental Impact Statement. Pipeline advocates have ignored the cost to Louisiana–our economy and our land. Our …

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An Ode To Nonexistence

Three permitting agencies have held two public hearings about one Bayou Bridge. January’s joint Army Corps and LDEQ hearing hosted over four hundred concerned citizens, for five and a half hours. Last week’s LDNR hearing lasted six! Now these agencies must deny Bayou Bridge’s water and wetland permits.The crude oil pipeline has no place in …

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A New Initiative to Conserve Southern Wetland Forest

Today is World Wetlands Day, and we’re proud to celebrate by announcing a new coalition – the Wetland Forest Initiative – dedicated to conserving, restoring, and improving Southern wetland forests. Check out the press release below for more on this exciting new initiative: On World Wetlands Day, a diverse group of stakeholders have joined together …

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On the Water with GRN

Perhaps no environmental phenomenon is as critical to the future of the Louisiana Gulf coast as sea level rise and the disappearance of our coastal marshes. A warming climate, a sinking coast and decades of unchecked assaults are driving the loss of coastal wetlands at unimaginable rates (almost 30 sq miles per year), a staggering …

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Pipes on Pipes on Pipes

We requested it. And we got it. Join us at a public hearing for the proposed Ascension Pipeline, this Thursday in LaPlace.The Ascension Pipeline would transport natural gas liquids (NGL) from a processing plant to a nearby refinery, streamlining operations for two multibillion-dollar corporations. The proposal threatens over 130 wetland acres. Most is precious Cypress …

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Hilcorp Oils Critical Marshes with their Sloppy Practices

Wednesday morning, Gulf Restoration Network and our partners at Waltzer Wiygul & Garside LLC and Vanishing Earth flew over coastal Louisiana, to document the Hilcorp Energy pipeline spill in Barataria Bay. Yesterday, we took a boat and surveyed the sheens and slicks, grasses and birds at water level.The crude oil leak, which was reported wednesday …

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