Three years after Katrina, Gulf ports at risk
By Kathy Finn
PORT FOURCHON, Louisiana (Reuters) - The drive south from New Orleans toward the Gulf of Mexico is a study in coastal vulnerability.
As the road winds through marshes and skirts bayous, dry land grows sparser by the mile.
Soon, water dominates the landscape, and the danger that a storm surge from a hurricane coming ashore would pose becomes clear.
At the far edge of this web of wetlands, roughly 60 miles south of New Orleans, lies one of the most strategically important ports in the United States.
Nearly three years to the day after hurricane Katrina plowed into the Louisiana coast on August 29, 2005, Port Fourchon is still a glaring Achilles heel in the vulnerable U.S. energy supply chain.
Now Port Fourchon and coastal cities like New Orleans are staring down the barrel of Tropical Storm Gustav, which could come ashore next week as the worst hurricane since 2005.
It's kinda strange that Gustav is headed towards off shore drilling ops that provide almost 20% of US's fuel supplies in the Gulf. Haarp seems to be directing Gustav to Port Fourchon destroying its operations to bolster oil prices even higher at the behest of the oil-igarchy. The name of the town Port Fourchon sounds a lot like Port Fortune or even better yet, Port Four-chen-ey!