Claude Luke Mourns Loss of Louisiana's Marshes

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Aug. 18 (Bloomberg) -- Claude Luke, a Cajun crab fisherman and warden on the private Harry Bourg Corp. marshland preserve deep in Louisiana's delta, talks with Bloomberg's Ken Wells about the impact of oil and gas extraction on the 17,000 acre marshland. Since the 1930s, about 1.2 million acres of Louisiana's 3.2 million acres of marshes have vanished due to erosion and subsidence. That's an area the size of Delaware. The state continues to lose land at the rate of 15,300 acres a year, according to Louisiana's Comprehensive Master Plan for a Sustainable Coast. (Source: Bloomberg)


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