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BP Oil Spill: Sand Berms Debate (2010)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-05-28

Duration: 00:07:05

Subjects: Gulf Of Mexico | Environment | Disaster response and recovery | Sand berms | Coastal engineering | COASTAL EROSION | COASTAL RESTORATION | BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | OIL SPILLS | Barrier islands


  • Whinham, Charlie Host
  • Melton, Christina Producer
  • Fortenberry, Rex Q. Photographer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Editor
  • Kemp, Paul Interviewee
  • Bahr, Len Interviewee
  • Graves, Garret Interviewee
  • Stone, Greg Interviewee
  • St. Pe, Kerry Interviewee


This segment from the May 28, 2010, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features producer Christina Melton’s report on Governor Bobby Jindal’s emergency plan to combat the BP Oil Spill through the creation of sand berms. She interviews Garret Graves, the Director of the Governor’s Office of Coastal Activities, about the state’s plan to create 100 miles of sand berms in front of existing barrier islands in order to fight the battle with the oil in the barrier islands instead of the coastline. She also talks to four coastal scientists about their concerns over the potential unintended consequences of the plan that could create new coastal erosion problems for Louisiana. These scientists are: Dr. Paul Kemp of the Audubon Institute; Dr. Len Bahr, the former director of the Louisiana Applied Coastal Science Program; Dr. Greg Stone, the Director of the LSU Coastal Studies Institute; and Dr. Kerry St. Pe of the Barataria-Terrebonne National Estuary Program. Host: Charlie Whinham