Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Under the sea

'Worst-case scenario': Study shows Louisiana’s sinking

(Jaap H. Nienhuis, Torbjörn E. Törnqvist, Krista L. Jankowski, Anjali M. Fernandes, Molly E. Keogh/GSA Today)

GSA Today

Washington Post & GSA Today

It’s common knowledge that the coast of Louisiana is sinking into Gulf waters. But new research suggests we may have been underestimating how quickly it’s happening. A new paper in the Geological Society of America’s bulletin GSA Today includes an updated map of the Louisiana coastline and the rate at which it's sinking — a little more than one-third of an inch per year on average, and faster than previous studies have suggested, according to the authors.

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Conflicting reports on Texas oil and gas drilling

Houston Chronicle & Daily Signal

Oil and gas drilling in Texas shale pollutes the air, erodes soil and contaminates water, while the disposal of millions of gallons of wastewater causes earthquakes, according to an Academy of Medicine, Engineering and Science of Texas study. One analysis found that the shale oil boom has degraded natural resources and overwhelmed small communities; another on the same study says that fracking doesn't harm drinking water in Texas.

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Appeals court rejects Lake Okeechobee lawsuit

Sun Sentinel & WMFE Orlando

A federal appeals court Monday rejected a lawsuit alleging that the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' management of water flowing from Lake Okeechobee into the Caloosahatchee River caused pollution in the Southwest Florida waterway. The appeals court upheld a lower court ruling to dismiss the lawsuit filed by environmental groups that alleged violations of the federal Clean Water Act.

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