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Coastal News Roundup: Feds Plan To Allow More Drilling

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The Trump administration annnounced this week that it plans to open almost all of the federal waters offshore to oil and gas exploration.

It’s a new year and time to check back in on the coast. WWNO’s Travis Lux talks to Tristan Baurick from Nola.com/The Times-Picayune about the week in coastal news.

 

This week: the Trump administration looks to expand offshore drilling. Plus, Louisiana considers a new idea: pollution trading.

 

 

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, and local listeners.

As Coastal Reporter, Travis Lux covers flood protection, coastal restoration, infrastructure, the energy and seafood industries, and the environment. In this role he's reported on everything from pipeline protests in the Atchafalaya swamp, to how shrimpers cope with low prices. He had a big hand in producing the series, New Orleans: Ready Or Not?, which examined how prepared New Orleans is for a future with more extreme weather. In 2017, Travis co-produced two episodes of TriPod: New Orleans at 300 examining New Orleans' historic efforts at flood protection. One episode, NOLA vs Nature: The Other Biggest Flood in New Orleans History, was recognized with awards from the Public Radio News Directors and the New Orleans Press Club. His stories often find a wider audience on national programs, too, like NPR's Morning Edition, WBUR's Here and Now, and WHYY's The Pulse.

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