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BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

BP oil spill cash rebuilds eroded Louisiana pelican island

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QUEEN BESS ISLAND, La. -- A Louisiana island that provides a crucial nesting ground for pelicans and other seabirds is being restored to nearly its former size after decades of coastal erosion and a devastating offshore oil spill 10 years ago. Gov. John Bel Edwards visited the island Monday, unveiling a sign dedicating it as a wildlife refuge. “The walk we just made wouldn't have been possible a few weeks ago,” the governor said after crossing an expanse of sand bearing tread marks from heavy equipment used to create and grade new land. He spoke at a podium set up before waist-high mangroves, which contractors left untouched for pelicans to nest on. About 6,500 brown pelicans and 3,000 smaller seabirds cram their nests every summer onto Queen Bess Island, which shrank from 45 acres (18 h