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Crisis on the Coast: The Gulf Oil Spill & Louisiana (2010)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: News, Public Affairs, Panel

Place Covered: Buras, Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2010-08-25

Duration: 00:57:34

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | OIL SPILLS | Disaster response and recovery | Environment | Gulf Of Mexico | COASTAL RESTORATION | Fisheries | Fishermen | SEAFOOD INDUSTRY | Liability for oil pollution damages | Offshore oil well drilling | Health | Animal rescue | PELICANS


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Bearden, Tom Host
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Portier, Ralph Interviewee
  • Smith, Ewell Interviewee
  • Viles, Aaron Interviewee
  • Jindal, Bobby Speaker
  • Feinberg, Kenneth Speaker
  • Overton, Ed Panelist
  • Seilhan, Keith Panelist
  • Nungesser, Billy Panelist
  • Barham, Robert Panelist
  • Sarthou, Cynthia Panelist
  • Phillipe, Rosina Speaker
  • Mayfield, Shane Speaker
  • Frenette, Mike Speaker
  • Hughes, Joannie Speaker
  • Frickey, Tony Speaker
  • Martin, Mallory Speaker
  • Smith, Tracy Speaker
  • Billups, Jo Speaker
  • Wood, Maura Speaker
  • O'Brien, Matt Speaker
  • Guidry, Clint Speaker


This episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from August 25, 2010, features a discussion between the panelists and audience members on the BP Oil Spill. It was filmed at the Buras Auditorium in Plaquemines Parish. The panelists are: Dr. Ed Overton of the LSU School of the Coast and Environment; Keith Seilhan, the BP Incident Commander for Louisiana; Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser; Secretary Robert Barham of the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries; and Cynthia Sarthou, the Executive Director for the Coastal Restoration Network. They discuss: how to use the lessons learned from the oil spill to address coastal restoration; the possible effect of the oil and chemical dispersants on fisheries in the Gulf of Mexico; the short-term and long-term BP claims process; the need for rainwater testing; the effect of the Obama Administration’s six-month moratorium on deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico; the national media coverage of the disaster; BP’s plans to address health issues related to the oil spill; the effect of the disaster on wildlife, including brown pelicans; and the future of the seafood industry. Hosts: Beth Courtney, Shauna Sanford, and Tom Bearden of the PBS NewsHour