Effects of Surface Brine Disposal on the Marshes in Coastal Louisiana

by Syed M. Haque,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Coastal Zone '93


In 1986, more than 1 billion barrels of brine were disposed of in Coastal Louisiana. Disposal of brine into surface water body is economically practical but environmentally detrimental. Brine often contains small drops of oil. Chronic oil pollution as a result of low-level long term discharge of brine ultimately will kill vegetation and prevent recolonization. Continuous brine discharge alters coastal habitats and accelerates coastal land loss.

Subject Headings: Salt water | Wetlands (coastal) | Surface water | Soil pollution | Pollution | Hazardous materials spills | Vegetation | Louisiana | United States

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