Sunday, May 23, 2010

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal won't wait for federal action

As President Obama's Interior chief lashes out at BP, yet another state has decided not to wait on the federal government to do its job.  Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal has decided to move ahead with plans to create sand barriers to protect his state's fragile coastline from the expansive oil slick that is breaching its borders:

With oil pushing at least 12 miles into Louisiana’s marshes and two major pelican rookeries now coated in crude, Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state is working on chain of sand berms that would skirt the state’s coastline.
Jindal visited one of the affected nesting grounds Sunday. Jindal and officials from several coastal parishes say the berms would close the door on the oil still pouring from a deepwater gusher about 50 miles off the Louisiana coast.

The berms would be made with sandbags. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers also is considering a broader plan that would use dredging to build sand berms across more of the barrier islands.
Plans to build coastal protective barriers from dredged sand are stalled, awaiting an environmental impact study and approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Representatives of that agency say it will take several more days to render its decision.  State and local leaders in the Gulf coastal states are not prepared to wait that long.  They know that the economic survival of these coastal communities has reached a tipping point.

Please pray for Governors Bobby Jindal, Haley Barbour, Bob Riley and Charlie Crist as they endeavor to protect their citizens and the natural resources of their beautiful states from this horrific disaster.

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