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New Orleans, Hurricane Katrina & the Oil Industry

By Kenneth Barbalace
[Friday, June 30, 2006]
New Orleans communities were destroyed and lives uprooted as water came cascading onto the Bayou. Did the damage have to be so devastating? Some experts say no.

Some experts are saying that the draining of the Louisiana Bayou to aid the oil industry and the extraction of oil increased subsidence in the Mississippi Delta and increased the damage caused by hurricane Katrina.

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Anonymous said...

Why are we going to rebuild a city which invites disaster again and again? I believe that no man made structure is ever going to preserve New Orleans from Katrina-like devestation. We should not have sunk our taxpayer money into a potential "junk bond". Export inhabitants to safer areas in the United States. we should have financed THAT! Then let New Orleans become the wetlands it was in the past. Studying the history of New Orleans, especially the "prophetic" words of men like Ari Kelman, emphasizes the likelihood that sometime we will once again be rebuilding New Orleans. This was BILLIONS of dollars to undertake, and we do not learn. New Orleans is like a magnet for floods and hurricanes. It is not a secure home.

Bekka said...

you are obviously not from New Orleans and if you had ever BEEN to New Orleans you would find a city full of life and hope and no one's going anywhere. You won't find a city in the U.S. with as much rich, vibrant, European culture still thriving. For once, this problem is bigger than money. To say "let New Orleans become the wetlands it was in the past" is to say "why rebuild the world trade centers or california after earthquakes" It's entirely illogical and ignorant. Not only would you be destroying the home of over a million people, you would be losing a vital keystone in American, YOUR history.

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