[Guest post by DRJ]
Governor Bobby Jindal says he won’t wait on federal approval to protect Louisiana’s coastline with sand berms:
“Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state is not waiting for federal approval to begin building sand barriers to protect the coastline from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Jindal’s defiant comments Sunday came as oil pushed at least 12 miles into the heart of Louisiana’s marshes. Two major pelican rookeries are now awash in crude.
Jindal made his remarks on a boat at the edge of one of the pelican nesting grounds. He 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 coast.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is studying the environmental impacts from the emergency barrier proposal. The Corps didn’t immediately respond to e-mails and telephone messages.”
I can’t fathom why the White House hasn’t expedited or eliminated consideration of these environmental regulations. It’s clueless, and no President can afford to look clueless.
UPDATE: This AP report covers the impact on the pelicans’ nesting place and the Administration’s response:
“A pelican colony off Louisiana’s coast was awash in oil Saturday, and an Associated Press photographer saw several birds and their eggs coated in the ooze while nests rested in mangroves precariously close to the crude that had washed in. Workers had surrounded the island with the booms, but puddles of oil had seeped through the barrier.
Meanwhile, three top Obama administration officials are returning to the Gulf Coast to monitor the spill response.
Anger with the government and BP, which leased the rig and is responsible for the cleanup, has boiled over as the spill spreads. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency chief Lisa P. Jackson was headed Sunday to Louisiana, where she planned to visit with frustrated residents.”
Will the media cover this as intensively as it did Katrina? I doubt it. Sometimes bad things happen in major industries but the media double standard never seems to change.