A Tangent Worth Further Mentioning

Somehow in the discussion that followed one of Jack’s recent stories, someone brought this up (I’m still trying to figure out what it had to do with Jack’s leaky house). Since most people didn’t seem to know about this, here is an explanation.

Sate Senator Walter Boasso, R-Arabi, is pushing a plan that would plug up the Mississippi River-Gulf Outlet (MRGO) with about 70 abandoned oceangoing ships. The ships can be obtained for free from Texas, Virginia, and California. Once the Ships are obtained the State would still have to pay to get the ships into an environmentally friendly shape which will cost about $300,000.

Once the ships are cleaned up, they would be sunk on both sides of the outlet. After being dredged over, landscaping could be put in place, and over time you wouldn’t even be able to tell that the MRGO or the ships were ever there.

I don’t think the Corp of Engineers has ever agreed, but many experts have said that the MRGO directly contributed to the massive, high velocity storm surge that decimated St. Bernard Parish. The MRGO created a funnel effect, concentrating massive amounts of water through a narrow outlet.

To be fair, any plan that includes the closing of the MRGO, would probably cause a number of businesses located along it to close or relocate. But I think that is a small price to pay in order to avoid another Super Storm Surge.

23 Comments so far

  1. Drury (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:51 am

    Dear Laurie has a tendency to write comments or suggest ideas that are, perhaps, on a different plane at times, or difficult to grasp immediately. However, she’s never a dull commenter AND I wouldn’t have heard about the MRGO vessel sinking project if she hadn’t mentioned it.

    Sorry, Laurie, if it feels like I’m writing as if you aren’t there reading this…Hi.

    What specifically is the MRGO? Is it a shipping lane or damaged wetlands? This sounds like a wild ass project that is environmentally nutty…It’s clear I need to read up on it. Thanks for mentioning it.


  2. Laurie (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 2:19 am

    I heard about this project yesterday in the middle of the day.

    The Mississippi River Gulf Outlet is a little used

    shipping channel built for the oil industry at least

    that’s what I’ve been told.

    As Paul and others have posted it is a freeway during high winds.

    I’m recieving this story the same as you.

  3. Laurie (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 2:24 am

    I wanted more information, figured you guys might have heard something.

    I’ve been waiting a long time to hear

    the words their closing the MRGO.


  4. jack (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 10:40 am

    To my knowledge, there’s only really one company that will be impacted by the closing of the MRGO and is really the only one who consistently uses it. The problem is that this company is very politically connected, and sadly, that still matters in LA. I’ve heard reports that say MRGO didn’t contribute significantly to the flooding and that closing it off would be too costly. I’ve also heard that MRGO did contribute to the flooding and that we have no choice but to close it, whatever the cost.

    So really, like everyone else, I’m trapped in a hurricane of too much differing information. The one thing I haven’t heard is someone in any real position of authority saying that it will or will not be closed. Speaking of authority, albeit, a shallow, empty authority, where the fuck is the mayor?

  5. Covingtongirl (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 11:48 am

    he’s takin’ a fuckin’ siesta.

  6. Paul Murphy (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 12:05 pm

    No kidding. You couldn’t get the guy off the TV and radio from the moment katriina hit, all the way up to the Election. Now – its like he’s fallen off the face of the Earth. Where is the leadership that we are in so much need of?

  7. Skeeter88 (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 12:54 pm


    In Google Earth, go to lat: 29.990919 long: 90.19256
    and you’ll be where the Mr GO hits the industrial canal.

    Go east (right), young man, to find where the Mr. GO meets the Gulf of Mexico.

  8. jack (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 12:57 pm

    He’s probably out in Hollywood working out the movie deal for his courageous one-man fight to save the city of New Orleans. Starring Denzell Washington, no doubt, as our hero….then during the climax of the film the mayor takes a big chocolate dump to close the breach in the 17th street canal after rescuing a burlap sack of kittens from certain doom. Let there be no mistake, the deal isn’t self serving, the mayor wants his story told by Hollywood because of the catering jobs it would bring to New Orleans’ “Hollywood South”. What a bunch of bullshit….hollywood south.

    Here, let’s try this, stop the fucking criminals and then maybe pie-in-the-sky-bullshit-ideas will be worthwhile. I heard a rumor today (from a pretty good source) that some of the National Guard guys have had their Hummers broken into and their M-16s stolen. And here I thought my collection of Neighborhood Watch signs was a unique irony.

  9. Covingtongirl (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 12:58 pm

    i’m still salty over the election. but i guess now, it is what it is. and we have to deal with it. there r so many important issues that need to be delt with. indeed.
    every week i’m on my soap-box over a different one. last week, the projects, this week, trash.
    i’m looking into MRGO for some facts…that way, next week is taken care of.

  10. Covingtongirl (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:06 pm

    i will be back in L.A. next week. i’ll look for sugar ray.
    chocolate dump…burlap sack of kittens..
    thanks again, for giving me something to laugh about. God knows i need it.

  11. Skeeter88 (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:07 pm

    One company has decided to move to Mobile because people were talking about closing up the Mr. Go.


  12. jack (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:11 pm

    Drop me an email when you get back and, if you’re lucky, I’ll take you out for a welcome home dinner and hit on you like a lovesick traffic cop.

  13. Covingtongirl (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:21 pm

    ur toying with me again love-monkey.
    consider it done.

    but i have to warn you…i’m 300 lbs and ugly as shit. sorry.

  14. Steve J. (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 1:42 pm

    Nice try gorgeous. Jack’s not going to know what hit him when he get’s at look at you. Lucky bastard.

  15. Jack Ware (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 3:39 pm

    Whatever. What the hell do I need with a good-looking chick for anyway? Seems excessive. Mediocre is fine with me.

  16. Covingtongirl (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 4:58 pm

    and i have no clue who steve j. is. scary.

  17. Paul Murphy (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 5:34 pm

    Creepy, even.

  18. Jack Ware (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 5:52 pm

    Clearly, he’s a fan Covgirl.

    Good luck with that.

  19. Covingtongirl (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 5:53 pm

    what does that mean?

  20. Covingtongirl (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 5:54 pm

    oh, i’m sorry jack, i read that wrong.

  21. Covingtongirl (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 5:57 pm

    i of course was kidding about being 300 lbs., but i have to say on a more serious note; it’s hard being a small woman. No man is a match for me. I mean, i am always looking around. always. if given the chance — i know i can out run them, if i’m lucky.

  22. Dan F (unregistered) on June 29th, 2006 @ 6:51 pm

    The MR-GO is a man built shipping canal. The main business that would actually be affected is owned by State Senator Walter Boasso. He has told us over and over and over again at the station that he wants it closed period. Yes his business would have to move (to another NOLA area) but he does not care. Boasso lived in Arabi and lost everything. The majority of people in St Bernard believe that MR-GO was the main cause of damage in the parish. Their reasoning for this is because the canal was cut into the wetlands that basically protected the area for years and years.

    I basically never ever believe any poltician. BK or AK, didn’t really matter. But I do have a little faith in Boasso. Remember he was the one who got the levee board consolidated and has fought Blanco’s ineptness daily. I don’t agree with everything he says or does but he has always been a straight shooter with us at the station and that’s all I have to base things on right now.

    Just what I know.

  23. Laurie (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    Thank You.


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