SLC Delegations and Technical Tours


Gulf Coast and Atlantic States Regional Task Force Fly-in to Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Left to right: Lori Moore, SLC Manager of Operations and Programs; Lonnie Dutreix, A-3 Test Stand Project Manager; Senator David Baria, Mississippi, Gulf Coast and Atlantic States Regional Task Force Presiding Officer; Ken Fern, Jr., SLC Deputy Director; Representative Al Williams, Georgia; Representative Jamie Ison, Alabama; Representative Billy Broomfield, Mississippi, SLC 1st Vice-Chair; and Representative Frances Fredericks, Mississippi

October 29, 2010 | Bay St. Louis, Mississippi

Mississippi Coast Technical Tour

Energy & Environment Committee

According to a risk assessment report released by power company Entergy Corporation, the Gulf Coast could see $350 billion in losses over the next 20 years as a result of global warming, stronger and more frequent hurricanes, and environmental damage. Members of the Gulf Coast and Atlantic States Regional Task Force convened for a one-day legislative fly-in to talk with experts regarding natural and environmental disaster preparedness, oil spill damage assessment and recovery efforts along the Gulf Coast. The group of legislators, representing counties along the Gulf of Mexico from SLC member states, were hosted by Task Force presiding officer, Senator David Baria, in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. In addition to hearing from experts in marine science and natural resource damage assessment, the group also toured NASA’s John C. Stennis Space Center and the Naval Oceanographic Office, which is the headquarters for airborne, surface and subsurface platforms positioned worldwide, as well as satellites and buoys used to collect data from around the world. The group was briefed on how the information collected from the Center is used in oil spill recovery efforts, as well as hurricane preparedness, response and recovery.

Presentations

Deepwater Horizon MC 252 Oil Spill, Richard Harrell, P.E., DEE, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (6 MB file size)
Northern Gulf Institute Response to the Deepwater Horizon Incident, Michael Carron, Ph.D., Director, Northern Gulf Institute (1.8 MB file size)
Restoration of the Mississippi Gulf Coast: Recovery from the Deepwater Horizon Spill, Richard Harrell, P.E., DEE, Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (1.5 MB file size)