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Coastal News Roundup: State Gets Less Oil Royalties, And More

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Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM)
The state of Louisiana was hoping to get about $140 million in oil and gas royalties from drilling in the Gulf of Mexico, but will instead receive closer to $80 million.

This week on the Coastal News Roundup: the state gets a big chunk of money for coastal restoration, but not as much as it hoped for. Plus, details on an upcoming project restoration project on the Lake Pontchartrain levee in Jefferson Parish.

WWNO’s Travis Lux talks about the week in coastal news with Mark Schleifstein, environmental reporter at Nola.com/The Times-Picayune.

You can listen to the Coastal News Roundup every Friday at 7:45am and 4:44pm.

 

Support for the Coastal Desk comes from the Walton Family Foundation, the Greater New Orleans Foundation, the Foundation for Louisiana, 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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