Posted: Dec 20, 2011 4:38 AM
Source: Associated Press
PORT FOURCHON, La. (AP) - Officials say a $29 million project getting underway to rebuild beach, dunes and marsh along West Belle Pass near Fourchon Beach will help protect the oil and natural gas hub of Port Fourchon, an important port for the Gulf of Mexico oil fields.
The Courier reports that the work will help restore the Caminada Headland, a strip of Gulf beaches and islands that includes Fourchon.
The headland has some of the highest rates of shoreline erosion in the nation, measuring over 100 feet a year in some spots.
The new project will rebuild the western bank of Belle Pass along the Caminada beachfront near Fourchon.
Chett Chaisson, Port Fourchon's director, said the project will provide valuable storm protection for the port because it's near the entrance to Belle Pass.