Don Young continues to push the CARA landgrab now retreaded to "fight obesity" by buying land. More:
Central to the scheme is dissemination of propaganda alleging damage to Lousiana coastal wetlands from OCS oil and gas production. These claims are debunked in this report:
LOUISIANA COAST WETLANDS LOSSES
Are federal Outer Continental Shelf activities responsible?
July 10, 2000 report for American Land Rights Association
In reality, the problems are caused by leveeing the Mississippi River to protect New Orleans from flooding.
The Advocate (Baton Rouge)
Blanco seeking joint effort in fight for oil, gas money
[also Times Picauyne (New Orleans), Anchorage Daily News, and 7 other papers]
By MELINDA DESLATTE,
Associated Press writer
Hoping to unify coastal oil-producing states, Gov. Kathleen Blanco has sent letters to four governors asking for their commitment to seek more federal oil and gas money from offshore drilling -- dollars Blanco hopes can help repair Louisiana's battered coastline.
Blanco told the governors of Mississippi, Alabama, Texas and Alaska that the coastal states deserve to keep more of the royalties generated by that drilling, and she asked them to join her in a request to talk with leaders of key congressional committees in February while the governors are in Washington for a national meeting. Blanco said she also hoped to talk with President Bush about the matter.
Deep canals that were carved into Louisiana's marshes and dredging associated with the oil and gas industry have been at least partially blamed for some of Louisiana's erosion problems. The state's coast has lost about 1,900 square miles since 1932, and the wetlands now are disappearing at the rate of 24 square miles a year.
"Every coastal state that serves our country by hosting offshore oil and gas production must deal with the impacts of that activity, and the impacts and needs are as unique as their individual coastlines. By banding together, we can make a powerful case to the Congress that it is time for the nation to compensate us for the costs of oil and gas exploration off our shores," Blanco said in the letter.
Louisiana has been rejected in repeated attempts to get federal dollars for a massive coastal restoration plan estimated to cost $14 billion over 30 years, and it's unlikely federal officials will want to relinquish some of the annual income from oil and gas production.
State officials are hoping the neighboring states and Alaska -- with their powerful politicians and connections to President Bush -- will jointly propose legislation in Congress that would give each state more royalties from oil and natural gas drilling off their coasts.
In her letter, Blanco said offshore oil and gas production in the Gulf of Mexico is the federal government's second-largest source of revenue, providing billions of dollars in income. She said more than $7.5 billion in offshore revenue poured into the federal treasury in 2002.
Coastal states receive only a fraction of the billions the federal government gets from the offshore leases and activities each year while interior states get half of the royalties from drilling on their land, according to the Louisiana governor.
Blanco said she believes the coastal states should get 10 percent of the offshore revenue as a "bare minimum" for the states' environmental and infrastructure costs.
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