According to a story in the Biloxi Sun Herald:
Proponents of ANWR drilling are attempting to use Katrina relief to help push through a measure they’ve supported for more than 20 years. The ANWR proposal includes a provision to devote a portion of government revenue from drilling to improve the levee system protecting New Orleans and for other disaster prevention along the Gulf Coast, including Mississippi.
So we have to open the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge to drilling in order to pay for improving our levees? I understand politics is all about compromise, but this makes no sense to me. If Louisiana just got a fair share of the royalties from the gas and oil drilled off our own coast, we could pay for all this stuff ourselves.