Plans for a multiple lines of defense strategy to protect the Texas Gulf Coast from hurricanes and storm surge moves to Congress for approval with the release of a final feasibility report and final environmental impact statement from the Corps of Engineers and Texas General Land Office that proposes $28.87 billion in coastal protection projects.
The U.S. Corps of Engineers Galveston District and Jefferson County Drainage District No. 7 have brought on a joint venture of Freese and Nichols, COWI and CDM Smith (FCC-JV) to part of an $863 million effort to improve hurricane flood protection—levees and floodwalls—for a 65-square-mile area that includes Port Arthur, Texas, and adjacent communities.
Exxon Mobil will build or expand 11 projects along the U.S. Gulf Coast in a $20-billion, 10-year program, Darren Woods, Exxon Mobil Corp.’s chairman and CEO, told the annual CERAWeek energy conference in Houston earlier this month.
The 2010 BP Deepwater Horizon oil-well blowout caused dramatic, widespread shoreline loss along Louisiana’s coast, says a new study by the U.S. Geological Survey and the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.