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GW Cornelius

Great letter now lets get congress behind it.

Steve Fouga

Very well-written, thoughtful letter!

But I suggest there might be cheaper ways of achieving the same end. We won't know until proper technically- and economically-sound trade studies are done.

$5B for the Ike Dike is a pipedream. If it were only $5B, then it WOULD be a no-brainer.

George Croix

You can't get Washington, D.C. to agree to allow an oil pipeline to be built that wouldn't cost taxpayers a dime, and the main reason is 'environmental' concerns, despite over 5 YEARS of multiple studies ALL concluding the pipeline would be viable and do no harm.
The T.C. Levee was started in the 60's when we placed more importance on human life and economic loss than on endangered minnows and plants.
An Ike Dike will not have that time buffer luxury, and even discounting the nation's fundamentally changed economic picture from bad to worse, it's reasonable to expect YEARS of delays and stalling tactics and lawsuits, lest we harm some endangered dirt somewhere.
Actually 30 Billion is probably a lowball figure, as much as can be told so far, because few if any governemnt projects ever come in at less than a 6x increase in 'estimate', and often considerably more.
HOWEVER, the authors make a point. The money SHOULD be made available.
After all, about 30 billion was the amount spent by the feds in 2010 for costs associated withh illegal alien 'immigration' , and it's certainly not elss now.
There ya go.
Makes one wonder why people here illegally get better response and help from the feds than Texas coastie citizens sitting in the middle of all this critical refinery and chemical plant infrastructure.
Doesn't it?

PD Hyatt

This administration hates Texas and I seriously doubt that this would go through the Senate at this point in time.... Besides as you stated the cost is going to be astronomical IF the greenies will even allow it to be built.... What is amazing is that no one is talking about how high our taxes will be when this areas part has to be paid by us....

Steve Fouga

Yes, gecriox, it does make one wonder.

Here are some obstacles facing the Ike Dike:
-- Cost. It'll be terribly expensive in either a poor or good economy.
-- Uncertainty. Very hard to estimate the cost and schedule, so hard to commit to it.
-- Technical challenges. Sure it's feasible, but is it so hard to do that it's impractical?
-- Right-of-way disputes. Show me a plan for a 75-mile levee that doesn't infringe on private property. Lots of it.
-- Environmental disputes. If we can't decide whether to remove seaweed from Galveston's most important tourist attraction, how can we decide to build 75 miles of environmentally disruptive structure?
-- Apathy. Very interesting that the industry most likely to benefit from the Dike is not demanding it, or even offering to help pay for it.
-- Lack of will. Not enough noise is being made by people with clout, community leaders, local politicos, or even by the affected citizenry who stand to lose their homes.
-- Haters. The Nation hates Texas, and for some reason the State doesn't give a crap about the Coast.

Susan Fennewald

It's funny that those who oppose a nanny government still support the nanny government Ike Dike.

As for environmental concerns - I can't see this ever passing muster. And I'm not talking insignificant aspects. Think of the shrimping business- whether you eat them or fish them. Shrimp are dependent on the moving in and out of the bay. Right now, they say this is a poor shrimp season - with numbers way down (and prices way up). Why? They don't really know - maybe the level of freshwater inflow into the bay, maybe something else (did the oil spill near Bolivar Roads have an effect?) How would the Ike Dike major construction project at the entrances to the bay affect things?

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