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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.

 

 
     
 

SCIENTIFIC STUDIES

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

 
       
     
 

INDUSTRY STUDIES

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

 
       
     
 

DOCUMENTS and TESTIMONY

 
 

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''

 
       
     
 

ECONOMIC STUDIES

 
 

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

 
       
 
 

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

 
       
     
 

MAPS

 
 

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

 
       
     
 

PHOTOS

Land loss before-and-after photos in oil fields

See photos

Satellite photos of oil, gas, pipeline damage to land

See photos
     
 

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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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