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visualization of proliferation of oil + gas wells in southeast Louisiana from 1901 to 2007

Above visualization comes from an article, which discusses the news that the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority has filed suit against more than 100 oil and gas companies for contributing to the disappearance of Louisiana’s wetlands. The lawsuit,  by the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority-East, alleges that the companies violated their permits when they did not ‘maintain and restore’ the wetlands involved, and that their projects violated the federal River and Harbors Act of 1899 by reducing the effectiveness of federal levees. Moreover, The Flood Protection Authority claims that decades of drilling, dredging and extraction destroyed wetlands that once provided a cushion against hurricane storm surge. With that cushion reduced, storm surge has increased in the parishes under its jurisdiction, leading to a higher risk of flooding.

Via The Lens here