May 1st, 2010
05:19 PM ET
13 years ago

Louisiana governor critical of oil spill response efforts


Fragile wetland off the coast of Louisiana is in the path of the spreading oil from a leaking BP oil well. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed frustration Saturday with efforts to clean up a massive oil spill creeping toward the Gulf coast, saying "we continue to be concerned with BP's ability to respond to this incident."

Jindal said he has been working with local officials to develop cleanup contingency plans, but needs funding approval from BP and authorization from the U.S. Coast Guard's incident commander to move forward.

"We need to empower our locals on the ground," he said in criticizing the response effort thus far.

"The oil that is leaking offshore, the oil that is coming onto our coast threatens more than just our wildlife, our fisheries, our coast, this oil literally threatens our way of life," he said.

Filed under: Bobby Jindal • Energy • Louisiana
soundoff (57 Responses)
  1. HK Polston

    So you want government help now idiot? Guess that useless volcano monitoring and the like don't look so bad now. And weren't you one of those idiots chanting Drill, Baby Drill. Moron.

    May 1, 2010 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  2. Jay

    Allow the free market (BP) to take of it Mr. Jindal.

    May 1, 2010 09:59 pm at 9:59 pm |
  3. Pkm

    I can mt blame bobby for for being mad his state might lose billons of dollas

    May 1, 2010 10:19 pm at 10:19 pm |
  4. trnika

    I be glad when his time is up I thought he was for the people but he has showen louisiana other wise let the people do there job couse u not

    May 1, 2010 10:28 pm at 10:28 pm |
  5. 60s survivor

    drill baby drill

    May 1, 2010 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  6. Mike

    I haven't heard Palin's chants of drill baby drill being echoed by the GOP faithful. We will be cleaning up this mess for years also. Wonderful!

    May 1, 2010 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  7. fed up with gop

    Bobby – solve the problem – don't campaign – for supposedly being a new age GOP – you spout the same drivel as the "old guard" – please take the high road and stand out from the other folks in the "Goofy Old Putz" party

    May 2, 2010 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
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