Letters to the Editor

Louisiana coastal advocates are making their perennial trip to Washington, D.C., to plead for more tax dollars to save our state’s disappearing wetlands. They appear to have the unquestioning support of the state’s Congressional delegation to divert more federal revenue from offshore oil and gas production to our under-funded coastal restoration program.

No doubt the local and state officials on the trip are supported by major oil companies engaged in Gulf of Mexico production. The oil industry may even be paying for the D.C. trip. Oil companies know the pennies they contribute to Louisiana coastal restoration are a fraction of what they actually owe for the damage they have caused to the wetlands. They are delighted to see American taxpayers foot the bill to clean up the waste pits, eroding canals, abandoned pipelines and other remnants of decades of oil and gas production in our coastal region.



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