Tuesday, June 15, 2010

Bobby Jindal Fighting the War for the Coast

Governor Bobby Jindal went out  on a boat ride today and didn't like what he saw:  thick gobs of oil in Barataria Bay, dead crabs, dead fish.  Paul Murphy with WWLTV posts this video:

Jindal is devoted to saving the coast, however.  He's building his berms without the go-ahead from the Feds who are still conducting studies; he's got skimmers out there, as Paul Murphy reported, with more on the way.

Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle is plugging the passes into Barataria Bay with rocks.  NOLA reports:

Camardelle pleaded with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to approve his permit requests to begin placing $8 million worth of rocks to begin filling in the five passes around Barataria Bay including Pass Abel.

"I'm getting the rocks this Saturday," said Camardelle, showing reporters a map of the bay. To place rock in all five passes will cost $30 million, a bill that British Petroleum will pay, he said.
Camardelle said he was dismayed to hear permitting agencies question his plans during such an emergency.

"Leave the bull---- out and let's go to work and protect our people," Camardelle said, responding to fears that the rock will hurt wildlife or permanently block Pass Abel. "They ought to see the eyes of a pelican that is gasping for air and full of oil. This pass has been here before God. We swam across this in high school."

What's Obama doing?  He's giving a speech tonight.

Yeah.  And we'll be live-blogging it over at Potluck.

1 comment:

david7134 said...

Why didn't Bobby get mean 2 months ago? Or however long it would take to have an aggressive response.