Three Louisiana institutions will receive almost $400,000 in grants from The National Academies for research on the interaction of oil and gas activity with communities and nature along coastal communities.
On Wednesday, 12 grants totaling $1.5 million, with three of those going to Louisiana research teams, were awarded through the Gulf Research Program.
The Water Institute of the Gulf will receive $130,000 to study how people fared as oil and gas development occurred from 1950 to 2015. Mapping trends during this year by parish, community and along the entire coast, the research hopes to look at the costs and benefits an area can experience along with oil and gas development.
LSU will receive $148,000 to pull together research to show that a healthy coast is important to coastal communities by providing improved water quality, a stable fishing industry and better storm protection.
Tulane University, Fletcher Technical Community College in Houma and South Central Louisiana Technical College in Reserve will receive $125,000 to identify key environmental health and disaster management skills. These lessons will then be taught to community college students and current workers in oil production, marine operations and nursing.
The money comes from legal settlements after the Deepwater Horizon oil disaster in 2010. The program was created to improve oil and gas safety and to better understand the connections between people, the natural world and the oil and gas industry.