Plaquemines Parish is part of the larger New Orleans-Metairie-Kenner geographical region, and encompasses the first 70 miles of the Mississippi River. It is the site of numerous oil refineries and historic plantations. Pointe à la Hache, Buras, Bootheville, Belle Chasse are just a few of the communities scattered throughout this meandering parish. For the millions of tourists who have taken a cruise to or from New Orleans, they may be most familiar with this parish as it is where all cruise ships - and cargo ships - enter the mouth of the Mississippi River before heading north towards the Crescent City.
Plaquemines Parish is the parish with the most combined land and water area in the U.S. state of Louisiana. The parish seat is Pointe à la Hache. As of 2000, the parish’s population was 26,757.
Plaquemines Parish is part of the New Orleans–Metairie–Kenner Metropolitan Statistical Area as well as the New Orleans–Metairie–Bogalusa Combined Statistical Area.
Because Plaquemines Parish encompasses the first 70 miles (110 km) of the Mississippi River, it is the site of several oil refineries, which rely on the shipping lanes for moving their product. The Mississippi River Delta of Plaquemines is also a base for assistance to offshore oil rigs. Plaquemines Parish was the first place in the United States where shippers used a container for cargo in foreign trade
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