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December 13, 2018

The following is a collection of materials pertaining to the oil and gas industry's contribution to Louisiana land loss. It includes industry documents, government documents, testimony, scientific studies, economic studies, photographs, and maps.




LDNR Study: 76% of land loss in study area due to oil and gas activities

View the 2006 study

Shea Penland/USGS, La. Land Loss Causes, 1932-90

View the 2000 study and map

USGS pipeline/canal study: ''Significant habitat impacts''


Syed Haque, Effects of Brine Disposal on Marshes



Midcon: O&G canals ''overwhelming cause of wetland losses''

Read the 1989 industry study

Offshore Pipeline Cttee: Land loss ''serious concern''


API: Oil and gas activities cause 34% of La. land loss




Did oil companies obey the law? A document timeline


2017 La. Draft Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast


Fmr. Shell engineer Dr. Robert Bea affidavit re Katrina


CPRA: Oil & gas activity ''disastrously altered'' land


LOGA President: No evidence that lawsuits hurt oil jobs


LDNR Sec. Jack Caldwell: ''The...costs are staggering''




Rand: Land loss could cost La. $133 billion over 50 yrs


Tulane: $71 bil. shortfall for La. Master Plan




Interactive map: Who pays for oil & gas damage?


Rand/LSU map of 50 yrs. projected La. land loss


Roberts & Blum: These La. towns would disappear by 2100


USGS map and study of La. land loss causes, 1932-90


USGS map and study of La. land loss, 1932-2010


USGS map of La. land loss, 1932-2050


USGS map of La. oil and gas infrastructure


Parish land loss: Satellite photos, CWPPRA maps 1956-90



Land loss before-and-after photos in oil fields

See photos

Satellite photos of oil, gas, pipeline damage to land

See photos


Photo: William Widmer/The New York Times

Disappearing towns collection

Maps, studies, articles, and interactive graphics regarding Louisiana towns that are in danger of disappearing into the Gulf of Mexico. Some of these items also explore the hard choices that the state has to make about which communities to save—and which to let go.

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