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Beyond the Spill: A GulfWatch Special (2011)

Louisiana Public Square



Genre: News, Public Affairs, Panel

Place Covered: Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida

Copyright Holder: Louisiana Educational Television Authority

Date Issued: 2011-07-27

Duration: 00:58:09

Subjects: Filmed panel discussions | BP Deepwater Horizon Explosion and Oil Spill, 2010 | OIL INDUSTRY | GAS INDUSTRY | Offshore oil well drilling | Gulf Coast Claims Facility | Feinberg, Kenneth R. | Graves, Garret | Overton, Edward B. | Tourism | Environment | SEAFOOD INDUSTRY | Food -- Testing | Food safety | COASTAL RESTORATION | COASTAL EROSION


  • Courtney, Beth Host
  • Sanford, Shauna Host
  • Godoy, Al Producer
  • Gautreaux, Kevin Producer
  • Briggs, Don Panelist
  • Overton, Ed Panelist
  • Breight, Jeffrey Panelist
  • Feinberg, Kenneth Panelist
  • Graves, Garret Panelist
  • Fleming, Eileen Reporter
  • Miller, Rhonda Reporter
  • Briggs, Don Interviewee
  • John, Chris Interviewee
  • Moret, Stephen Interviewee
  • Lambert, Ryan Interviewee
  • Marzullo, Tony Interviewee
  • Steel, Rosemary Interviewee
  • Craft, Robert Interviewee
  • Steen, Raymond Interviewee
  • Hollander, David Interviewee
  • Tillman, Shirley Interviewee
  • Lambert, John Interviewee
  • Walker, Calvin Interviewee
  • Cake, Ed Interviewee
  • Veal, David Interviewee
  • Lambert, Ryan Speaker
  • Fleming, Eileen Speaker
  • Nguyen, Thien Speaker
  • Miller, Rhonda Speaker
  • Alford, Jeremy Speaker
  • Hubbs, Jill Speaker
  • Johnnson, Shedd Speaker
  • Slusher, Tara Speaker
  • Lovoy, Les Speaker
  • White, Swede Speaker
  • Eustis, Scott Speaker
  • Encalade, Byron Speaker
  • Guidry, Clint Speaker


This special episode of the series “Louisiana Public Square” from July 27, 2011, features a discussion between panelists and GulfWatch reporters from Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida on the continued challenges facing the Gulf Coast more than a year after the BP Oil Spill. GulfWatch is a consortium of ten public television and radio stations covering issues related to the BP Oil Spill. The panelists are: Don Briggs of the Louisiana Oil and Gas Association; Dr. Ed Overton of the LSU School of the Coast and Environment; attorney Jeffrey Breight, a member of the plaintiffs steering committee for BP litigation; Kenneth Feinberg, the administrator of the Gulf Coast Claims Facility (GCCF); and Garret Graves of the Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority. The discussion was preceded by background reports on: the impact of the moratorium on deep water drilling in the Gulf of Mexico on the oil and gas industry in Louisiana; frustrations with the GCCF in Louisiana; the effect of the oil spill on tourism on the Alabama Gulf Coast; the University of South Florida’s research into the environmental impact of the spill; and concerns over seafood safety in Mississippi. The panelists discuss: concerns over the GCCF claims process; the economic impact of the moratorium on oil drilling; the safety of offshore drilling; tourism; the impact of the spill on marine life; concerns over BP’s involvement with the environmental assessments; priorities for coastal restoration projects in Louisiana; and the impact of the spill on the seafood industry. Hosts: Beth Courtney and Shauna Sanford