2017 01 06 UD-16-02 Public Interest Intervenors Dr. Alexander S. Kolker Testimony

2017 01 06 UD-16-02 Public Interest Intervenors Dr. Alexander S. Kolker Testimony

58 Pages · 2017 · 2.86 MB · English

Since 2008, I have worked as a coastal geologist at the Louisiana Universities Marine. 14. Consortium, and I continue to teach and advise graduate students in the Department of Earth and. 15. Environmental Sciences at Tulane University. 16. For my research, I study the geology and oceanography of 

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BEFORE THE COUNCIL FOR THE CITY OF NEW ORLEANS APPLICATION OF ENTERGY NEW ORLEANS, INC FOR APPROVAL TO CONSTRUCT NEW ORLEANS POWER STATION AND REQUEST FOR COST RECOVERY AND TIMELY RELIEF ) ) ) ) ) DOCKET NO UD 1602 PRE FILED DIRECT TESTIMO NY OF DR ALEXANDER S KOLKER ON BEHALF OF ALLIANCE FOR AFFORDABLE ENERGY , DEEP SOUTH CENTER FO R ENVIRONMENTAL JUST ICE, AND SIERRA CLUB JANUARY 6, 2017 PREFILED DIRECT TESTIMO NY OF 1 DR ALEXANDER S KOLKER 2 Q1 Please state your name, position , and business address 3 A My name is Dr Alexander S Kolker My business address is Louisiana Universities 4 Marine Consortium , DeFelice Marine Center , 8124 Highway 56, Chauvin, Louisiana 70344 I 5 also teach in the Department of Earth and Environmental Sciences at Tulane University For the 6 record, the information I present is my own professional opinion, and not that of the institutions 7 where I work 8 Q2 Please describe your professional experience and education 9 A In 2005, I received a PhD from the Stony Brook University (part of the State University 10 of New York System) in Marine and Atmospheric Science In 2007, I worked as a post doctoral 11 research schol ar in the Department of Earth and Environmental Science at Tulane University and 12 worked as a research professor in that department in 2007 and 2008 13 Since 2008, I have worked as a coastal geologist at the Louisiana Universities Marine 14 Consortium, and I continue to teach and advise graduate students in the Department of Earth and 15 Environmental Sciences at Tulane University 16 For my research, I study the geology and oceanography of coastal systems, and how 17 people and climate impact these systems In recent years, much of my research has focused on 18 subsidence, sediment transport pathways, and groundwater discharge impact on the Mississippi 19 River Delta and the Louisiana coastal zone 20 A more detailed presentation of my education and professional experience is 21 provided in my curriculum vitae , which is attached to this testimony See Ex AK 1 22 2 Q3 Do you see any potential vulnerabilities caused by the proposed New Orleans Power 1 Station (“NOPS ”) facility? 2 A Yes, I think there are several areas of concern that include: 3 · The history of subsidence in the region directly surrounding the proposed NOPS 4 facility, which has increased the vulnerability of the area to floods from 5 hurricanes and heavy rain events These legacy vulnerabilities will likely become 6 increasingly important as climate changes and sea levels rise in the future 7 · The potential for the proposed NOPS to further contribute to subsidence at the 8 NOPS site, in the surrounding community, and potentially in New Orleans' 9 recently upgraded storm risk reduction system 10 · The design of the NOPS plant is quite close to sea level, and will become even 11 closer to sea level (and potentially below sea level) over the coming decades, 12 increasing the vulnerability of this facility to flooding 13 Q4 Can you please define subsidence and its importance to the proposed NOPS plant? 14 A Subsidence is

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