August 17, 2016
Louisiana’s oil pipelines are in trouble, with $100 billion of energy infrastructure threatened by rising sea levels and receding coastlines. Every year, the Gulf of Mexico swallows more than 20 square miles of marshland, potentially exposing more than 610 miles of pipeline to corrosive seawater over the next 25 years, according to a study by Louisiana State University and the Rand Corp.
“All of the pipelines, all of the things put in place in the ’50s and ’60s and ’70s were designed to be protected by marsh,” said energy consultant Ted Falgout. The state has a plan to protect industry and citizens from the effects of erosion, but a $2 billion deficit means not much can be done, unless private industry steps forward.
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