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Louisiana’s Jindal Defies Feds (Updated)

Filed under: Environment — DRJ @ 2:52 pm

[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.

17 Responses to “Louisiana’s Jindal Defies Feds (Updated)”

  1. Because the WH is afraid to stand up to the enviros?

    Patricia (160852)

  2. Sorry to hear this, in the sense that the oil has moved into the marshes. I thought as recent as yesterday it had not yet done so.

    So, he can do nothing and blame Obama, ala “Katrina Revisited”, or go ahead and fix it, face the wrath of his opponents, and hope the public will see the obvious.

    MD in Philly (cb8efe)

  3. BINGO!

    AD - RtR/OS! (bb1c62)

  4. So where is the MSM on this? Never mind, I know where they are and it’s a very dark and smelly place.

    Old Coot (f722a6)

  5. I wonder, too, Old Coot, and I updated the post with similar thoughts.

    DRJ (d43dcd)

  6. I’ve caught Obama-incompetence fatigue, and it scares me.

    I don’t even think about it anymore when I read instance after instance about how horrible he is running the country.

    bradnsa (24ba37)

  7. Defiance is good. Insurrection is better.

    happyfeet (c8caab)

  8. Arizona’s governor does something because the Feds aren’t doing anything, and reaps public condemnation.

    Louisiana’s governor does something because the Feds aren’t doing anything, and gets cautious praise from the press.

    What am I missing here? (as if)

    Steven Den Beste (99cfa1)

  9. The same EPA that is trying to order BP to use a different dispersent, not necessarily even as effective as the one they are using.

    SPQR (26be8b)

  10. erm…

    I am CERTAIN that as far as anyone knows, the dredging and creation of the ‘sand berms’ could do as much or more damage than the crude oil.

    it would be typical if they got the worst of all worlds – complete destruction from crude oil that makes it over/around/thru the berms AND complete destruction from the creation of the berms, rofl

    I look forward to a WIN-WIN !!!

    biobob (3dbf23)

  11. Obama-Speak, the fusion of sophistry and Newspeak. Some see it as a gift, but most see it for what it is, just lies. Obama-Speak look clueless, you decide.

    Once the federal government realized they had bought no fire booms, as the 1994 implementation plan called for, what else can they do but to blame BP and then blame drilling. The very same government that waved blowout protection testing for the well. Image that.

    It’s Obama-Speak.

    bill-tb (541ea9)

  12. maybe not so plumey?

    Equally unclear is how the leaking oil is affecting undersea life. Earlier this month, a research vessel sponsored by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration produced water samples from the Gulf that researchers said suggested oil was collecting in a plume deep below the water’s surface. But scientists analyzing the samples say they are of limited value because they were taken with equipment not designed for oil.

    happyfeet (c8caab)

  13. What the heck is Lisa Jackson going to do except manage the message?

    Let LA handle it! Get out of the way!

    Patricia (160852)

  14. It’s clueless, and no President can afford to look clueless.

    This one can, because the media will do their best to cover for him.

    Blacque Jacques Shellacque (78c9e7)

  15. point of order: your president doesn’t look clueless.

    your president IS clueless.

    that jug eared ftard slumming in the White House is NOT my President.

    redc1c4 (fb8750)

  16. .

    > It’s clueless, and no President can afford to look clueless.

    Kinda hard to sidestep forever when you inarguably ARE clueless.


    IgotBupkis (79d71d)

  17. Jindal/Barbour 2012

    pitchforksntorches (888cb1)

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