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Congressman Garret Graves Interview (2015)

Louisiana: The State We're In



Genre: News, Public Affairs

Place Covered: Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2015-07-10

Duration: 00:09:53

Subjects: BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | Graves, Garret | Environment | COASTAL RESTORATION


  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Caldwell, Buddy Speaker
  • Graves, Garret Interviewee


This segment from the July 10, 2015, episode of the series “Louisiana: The State We’re In” features Shauna Sanford’s report on the historic $18.7 billion settlement between BP and the states affected by the 2010 BP Oil Spill. Sanford reports that Louisiana will receive a $6.8 billion portion of the settlement. This report includes footage of Louisiana Attorney General Buddy Caldwell announcing the settlement. Sanford then interviews Congressman Garret Graves, who served as a chief negotiator of the settlement for Louisiana for four years through his role as the chairman of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. Congressman Graves discusses: how the settlement was reached; how the money will be used; the timeline of the settlement; his response to critics of the settlement; and his belief that the deal will be approved by the courts.