Issue Position: Coastal Erosion
Since the 1930's, Louisiana has lost more than 1.2 million acres of coastline and barrier islands. Without new restoration projects, some estimate the loss of an additional 448,000 acres by 2050. Both Louisiana's economic security and our nation's energy independence are inextricably tied to the delicate system of our coastal wetlands.
Recently, Congress passed legislation enabling Louisiana and the rest of the Gulf Coast states to share royalties from the production of oil and gas off the Outer Continental Shelf (OCS). This is a good first step, but Louisiana will not begin to receive most of the money until 2016. By then, thousands of more acres will be lost. In order to restore our coastline, Louisiana needs a much larger share of the oil royalties, and we need it now.
John Kennedy believes Louisiana's coastlines are America's coastlines. He will fight to protect and restore our coast and get our fair share of royalties.