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How one of the nation’s most significant oil and gas ports is coping with environmental crisis - “Water’s Edge” (Part 3)


In Part 3 of “Water’s Edge,” Louisiana is among the top producers of seafood nationwide, but oil and gas makes up the lion’s share of the state’s economy. Over 90 percent of all of offshore drilling operations in the Gulf of Mexico are serviced through Port Fourchon, which is situated at the eroding tip of Lafourche Parish. This port is a crucial economic driver for both Louisiana and the nation. Local, state and national officials have taken extensive measures to protect Port Fourchon, including a 5.4-mile-long elevated highway, dredging projects for barrier island creation and large-scale marsh restoration.