Feds give OK to using sand far offshore for barrier island
HOUMA - A federal agency has approved using sand stored in a shoal nine miles off the coast for a barrier island restoration project that uses funds BP gave Louisiana to restore its ecosystem following the catastrophic 2010 oil spill.
The Courier reports that the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management last week authorized the state to take up to 13.4 million cubic yards of sand from Ship Shoal. The shoal lies nine miles offshore in federal waters on the Outer Continental Shelf.
The sand will be pumped through a temporary pipeline to the project site to construct about 1,100 acres of marsh, dune and beach on Whiskey Island.
The project's money comes from a $1 billion payment BP made to Louisiana in anticipation of fines after its Gulf of Mexico spill.