Geoscience in Your State: Louisiana

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By the numbers: Louisiana

  • 6,570 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1
  • 1.74 billion gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3
  • $477 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174
  • 75 total disaster declarations, including 26 flood, 23 hurricane, and 14 severe storm disasters (1953-2017)
  • $4.1 million: NSF GEO grants awarded in...

Agencies Working on Geoscience Issues in louisiana

Louisiana Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority

The CPRA is established as the single state entity with authority to articulate a clear statement of priorities and to focus development and implementation efforts to achieve comprehensive coastal protection for Louisiana. The Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority’s mandate is to develop, implement, and enforce a comprehensive coastal protection and restoration Master Plan.

Louisiana Department of Environmental Quality

The Department's mission is to provide service to the people of Louisiana through comprehensive environmental protection in order to promote and protect health, safety and welfare while considering sound policies regarding employment and economic development.

Louisiana Department of Natural Resources

The mission of the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources is to ensure and promote sustainable and responsible use of the natural resources of Louisiana so that they are available for the enjoyment and benefit of citizens now and in the future.

Louisiana Geological Survey

The goal of the Louisiana Geological Survey is to benefit the state of Louisiana by encouraging the economic development of the natural (energy, mineral, water and environmental) resources of the state; protecting the state and its citizens from natural, geological and environmental hazards; insuring the effective transfer of geological and oil and gas information.

Louisiana Governor's Office of Homeland Security and Emergency Preparedness

GOHSEP works with local, State, Tribal and Federal authorities; private-sector partners; and private nonprofits (PNPs) to prepare for, prevent, respond to, recover from and mitigate against future emergencies and disasters.

Louisiana Oil Spill Coordinator's Office

LOSCO's primary function is to ensure effective coordination and represetation of Louisiana's interests in all matters related to spill response and prevention. Its goals are to (1) minimize unauthorized discharges of oil, (2) provide for an effective spill response, (3) compensate the public for damages to the state's natural resources, and (4) assist the public through education, service, and public outreach.

Case Studies & Factsheets

Cover of Subsurface Data in the Oil and Gas Industry

Introduction Drilling for oil and gas is expensive. A single well generally costs $5-8 million onshore and $100-200 million or more in deep water.1 To maximize the chances of drilling a productive well, oil and gas companies collect and study large amounts of information about the Earth’s...

Screenshot of the USEITI case studies showing the DeSoto Parish case study highlighted

The U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of Natural Resources Revenue, Information and Data Management has produced a series of case studies on extractive industries across the United States, focusing on coal, copper, gold, iron, natural gas, and oil.

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Background In areas prone to winter precipitation, transportation infrastructure must be able to quickly respond to snow and ice on roadways. Ice removal is a vital service in these communities. Deicing chemicals melt ice by lowering the temperature at which it melts. They can also prevent new ice...

Cover of AGI Factsheet 2018-004 - Present Day Climate Change

Climate Science 101 Climate is the average of weather conditions over several decades.1,2 Geoscientists monitor modern climate conditions (1880 A.D. to present) in part by taking direct measurements of weather data (i.e., air temperature, rainfall and snowfall, wind speed, cloudiness, and so on)...

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Introduction Many of the world’s oil and gas resources lie beneath the oceans. Advances in exploration, drilling, and production technologies allow production in water more than 10,000 feet deep and more than 100 miles offshore. Major spills are rare but damage sensitive ocean and coastal...

Cover of Groundwater Protection in Oil and Gas Production

Introduction The United States relies on groundwater for roughly 25% of its fresh water.1 This groundwater is found in porous, permeable rocks (aquifers) that often lie close to the Earth’s surface – the deepest freshwater aquifers are found more than 6,000 feet underground,2 but most are much...

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Introduction Dry wells improve stormwater drainage and aquifer recharge by providing a fast, direct route for rainwater to drain deep into underlying sediment and rock. Dry wells are most common in the western U.S. where clay or caliche layers slow down the natural drainage of water into underlying...

Cover of Geoscience Policy State Factsheet. Image credit: AGI

By the numbers: Louisiana 6,570 geoscience employees (excludes self-employed)1 1.74 billion gallons/day: total groundwater withdrawal3 $477 million: value of nonfuel mineral production in 20174 75 total disaster declarations, including 26 flood, 23 hurricane, and 14 severe storm disasters (...

Cover of Air Quality Impacts of Oil and Gas

Introduction All widely used combustible fuels emit harmful (toxic or ozone-forming) gases and particles when burned to provide energy. These air pollutants can have a wide array of public health impacts, such as increasing the rate of certain cardiovascular (heart) and pulmonary (lung) diseases,...

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Earthquakes in the New Madrid Fault Zone The New Madrid fault zone (NMFZ) is a long-established weakness in the Earth’s crust in the central and eastern US where earthquakes have occurred for hundreds of millions of years. In 1811-1812, three large earthquakes (up to magnitude 7.5) caused severe...

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