Of Noses And Faces

Louisana closer to netting offshore revenue

The House measure would lift a 25-year-old drilling moratorium off the U.S. coast and allow states to share in the federal royalties paid by oil and gas companies. The moratorium excludes most parts of the Gulf of Mexico, where the bulk of U.S. oil and gas is produced … The bill would prohibit drilling up to 50 miles off the east and west coasts of the United States, unless those states vote to allow it.

The Daily Advertiser reports:

While it is only the first step in a long process, it is the first movement in Congress to give Louisiana what Blanco and state leaders have been requesting for a long time: significant sharing of revenue from offshore oil and gas production to pay for restoring Louisiana’s coastal marshes and improving hurricane protection.

When I heard Jindal’s and Melancon’s words on this House measure, pride was what initially swept through me. Two state politicians cogently and vehemently fight for our revenue to improve our state. That’s when I realized the weird situation in which this measure places us: We’re going to drill more and closer to shore, increasingly utilize pipelines and run more through the wetlands and use the revenue to save those same wetlands?

In essence, we kill the buffer and then use the money from the killing to revitalize the buffer. Makes sense, doesn’t it?

As an oil industry professional who takes pride in her work (and not necessarily its toll on our environment), I live this ethical dilemma everyday. Although recycling facilities no longer exist in this city, I’ve saved every piece of recyclable material in a large pile behind my house for the day that recycling will once again resume here. I drive a fuel-efficient car when I have to, ride a bike and walk more often, love nature, am angry about the loss of our wetlands as national treasure and hurricane protection, yet am equally diligent in my work onshore and off, and actually like my employer.

In the end, if we don’t grow the wetlands, it will at least be a zero-sum game. I hope.

In a similar quagmirish vein, the demolition of the Coliseum Place Baptist Church is almost complete. The remains of the building (with solitary door standing in the middle) look so utterly forlorn that I began to tear up taking pictures again the other day.

Robert Wolf, head of the Coliseum Square Neighborhood Association, informs me that the Curtis family, along with a few other members of the Coliseum Place Baptist Church, formed an LLC two weeks before the fire and demolition. Once the fire is declared an arson, the association is going to fight this case further. I’ll keep you posted.

4 Comments so far

  1. Editor B (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 11:54 am

    I thought the primary source of wetland loss was overmanagement and/or mismanagement of the Mississippi River — not so much the oil & gas industry. But I could be wrong.

  2. Maitri (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 12:06 pm

    There is that, but the network of pipelines don’t do much for strengthening the wetlands’ internal structure. Pollution and runoff from chemical refineries don’t help either.

  3. Laurie (unregistered) on June 30th, 2006 @ 3:36 pm

    They’re increasing our Petroleum Dependency; they are assholes!


  4. Dan F (unregistered) on July 1st, 2006 @ 4:12 pm

    Editor B is right. The River is actually not suppose to come thru New Orleans. We (government whoever) have been diverting the rivers natural flow for decades. I read up on it a while back, seem to remember that the river would be more west (Lafayette?) if we allowed it to do so.

    Im not sure this means that we WILL be drilling closer to the shore nor more drilling to take place. I think the goal is to get a fair share on what is being drilled already (like Texas already does- intresting huh?). We will have to keep an eye on the state gov though because it does open the door for more and closer drilling and the crooks will try and do anything to get more money to spend so they can keep getting re-elected

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