June 24th, 2010
10:32 AM ET

Louisiana governor outraged at stop in dredging operations

CNN Wire Staff
[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/US/06/23/louisiana.oil.dredging/story.bobby.jindal.gi.jpg caption="Gov. Bobby Jindal on June 15 tours an area off Grand Isle, Louisiana, that was damaged by the oil spill." width=300 height=169]

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal had harsh words for government authorities on Wednesday after sand-dredging operations to protect the state's coastline from the BP oil disaster were halted due to environmental concerns.

"This is a war," Jindal said of the fight to protect shorelines from the approaching oil. "Every hour, every day matters. Maybe they don't see the oil from Washington [but] we see it every day on our coast."

Jindal called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers to let workers resume dredging off the Chandeleur Islands. The dredging would be followed by construction of berms in hopes the offshore berms would block oil before it hit the beach.

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  1. Joyce Rabon

    Bobby Jindal and his supporters are complaning about dredging when they should be concerned about drilling. He wants to resume drilling with no regard for human safety or the environment, but complains loudly about the devestation of the spill. It is extreamly contradictory.
    Something political here?

    June 24, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  2. Paul Ernest Show

    I don't know how any leader could witness the vast destruction done to the environment and not act to ensure it does not happen again. The governor and his supporters are thinking about the loss of revenue to the state by stopping dredging and at the same time crying and lamenting the amount of damage done by BP. So contradicting. Until there's a strong evidence from the oil companies that they have taken concrete steps and have preventive measures in place, no one should be dredging.

    June 24, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  3. Augsbee

    Let's see, those federal government people making decisions do not live on the shores of Louisiana and they are telling the people who live on the shores and who deal with Hurricanes what works and doesn't work yet those people do not deal personally with Hurricanes, nor live on the shores, dahhhhhhhhh??

    Typical of our federal government, loaded with dahhhhh employees making great salaries with benefits.

    I feel so bad for Louisiana people, 2 steps forward, 3 steps back.

    June 24, 2010 at 12:11 pm |