Port Fourchon rebuilds, but disappearing wetlands threaten its future

Port Fourchon Executive Director Chett Chiasson (Photography by Don Kadair)

More than a month after Hurricane Ida hit the sprawling harbor of Port Fourchon, the destruction remains widespread even as a recovery effort continues apace, reports Reuters.

Operations at the port, which in normal times services the vast majority of oil produced in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, ground to a halt after the storm hit in late August and currently are at about 60%. It could be about another six months before the port is running at full capacity.

While some blame coastal erosion caused by industry for the severity of the impacts, Port Director Chett Chiasson Chiasson says that the oil and gas industry has played a critical role in helping restore coastlines and wetlands around Louisiana, including planting vegetation on newly built land, funding projects and assisting with modeling future coastal restoration projects using dredged material. Read the entire story.