October 2012 Meselhe et al at the Water Institute and ARCADIS--in regards to necessary environmental analysis for the RAM terminal proposal:
"debris and dust generated during the loading process would be captured in the outfall channel and transported into the marsh areas potentially causing environmental issues. The investigation of water quality was not part of the scope of this analysis, but should be investigated to assess such environmental impact."
August 2013 Ben Bloch, Times Picayune
Before the meeting, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser contended, “We have never had coal runoff get in the river from a hurricane. We have had a little get off their facilities, but not into the river, and they have always cleaned it up well..."
August 2014 Yesterday, after tips from several community members and consulting river scientists, we traveled to the Lake Hermitage marsh restoration to see if the dredge material CPRA is building wetlands with contains the coal and petroleum coke that United Bulk and Kinder Morgan -IMT dump in the river.
These facilities have been spilling coal and petroleum coke in the river regularly, probably as long as they have been operating. Here's an example of the United Bulk facility on a sunny summer day:
There are so many problems with coal and petroleum coke coming off this facility, even the operators don't know them all.
So what happens when you use the river sediment these companies dump in to build wetlands? What we found will not shock you.