In Discussion August 3, 2010 – Billy Nungesser – “The Parish of Plaquemines – Lousiana”

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Billy Nungesser


“Plaquemines Parish Louisiana”


Billy_001“Every day I arrive at the Parish Government Building with one goal in mind – to improve the quality of life in Plaquemines Parish. Now more than ever it is imperative that our parish become united. As a united parish we stand better able to attain the goals of improved levees, repaired infrastructure and the rebirth of our community. We must continue to reach out to our neighboring parishes and speak with one strong voice on issues of regional urgency and importance. When I took office on January 2, 2007, I knew the job was not going to be easy. In fact, it is more arduous than I ever imagined. But this has not discouraged me; in fact, it has only made me more determined to help bring our beloved parish back to life. First and foremost, I want to see all of our residents return home. Yes, the stumbling blocks are many. But we are working hard to remove as many of them as possible so that the road home is as smooth as possible. With all of the lessons learned during the past two years, one stands out – WE ARE STRONG. The people of Plaquemines did not give up after Betsy or Camille, and we certainly won’t give up after Katrina. In this time of rebuilding, I ask for your patience, your input and support as we continue to work toward recovery and a brighter future for all of our residents.” Billy Nungesser – Parish President


The Parish

Plaquemines Parish Louisiana is a World Class Fishing Destination. The mighty Mississippi River in Plaquemines Parish is the Gateway to the Gulf of Mexico, this area is fed by an abundance of water making our fishing habitats some of the best in the world. Plaquemines is also home to over 78 fresh and saltwater lakes and is spread out over hundreds of miles of coastline. You can fish anywhere, but you catch fish in Plaquemines Parish. The Plaquemines Tourist Board.

“The Gulf of Mexico Disaster” – The Deep Water Horizon MACADO 252 Disaster

dhpoThe Deepwater Horizon oil spill (also referred to as the BP oil spill, the Gulf of Mexico oil spill or the Macondo blowout) is a massive ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, now considered the largest offshore spill in U.S. history.Some estimates placed it by late May or early June as among the largest oil spills in the world with tens of millions of gallons spilled to date. The spill stems from a sea floor 10,000 foot deep oil gusher (MC252) that followed the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon drilling rig explosion. The explosion killed 11 platform workers and injured 17 others. The gusher, now estimated by the quasi-official Flow Rate Technical Group to be flowing at 20,000 to 40,000 barrels (840,000 to 1,700,000 US gallons; 3,200,000 to 6,400,000 litres) of crude oil per day, originates from a deepwater wellhead 5,000 feet (1,500 m) below the ocean surface. The exact spill flow rate is uncertain in part because BP has refused to allow independent scientists to perform accurate measurements and is a matter of ongoing debate. The resulting oil slick covers a surface area of at least 2,500 square miles (6,500 km2), with the exact size and location of the slick fluctuating from day to day depending on weather conditions.

BP-1Scientists have also reported immense underwater plumes of oil not visible at the surface. Experts fear that the spill will result in an environmental disaster, with extensive impact already on marine and wildlife habitats. The spill has also damaged the Gulf of Mexico fishing and tourism industries. There have been a variety of ongoing efforts to stem the flow of oil at the wellhead. Crews have been working to protect hundreds of miles of beaches, wetlands and estuaries along the northern Gulf coast, using skimmer ships, floating containment booms, anchored barriers, and sand-filled barricades along shorelines. The U.S. Government has named BP as the responsible party in the incident, and officials have said the company will be held accountable for all cleanup costs resulting from the oil spill.



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