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. jim atmadison

    What's the matter, Governor? Run out of Stimulus money checks you can photo-op with? Of course, you never mentioned on your photo-op tour that you had come out adamantly against the Stimulus, did you?

    Go wash a duck or something. Just make sure you bring the camera crew.

    May 1, 2010 05:26 pm at 5:26 pm |
  2. Hammerer

    Maybe someone should inform Obama of the oil spill if they can get his attention. He is off playing superstar giving speaches and telling the world that everyone is wrong but him.
    I'm sure he will blame Bush for this mess also as he has done for everything so far.

    May 1, 2010 05:29 pm at 5:29 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    WOW – when we shrink the government, there won't be half as many Coast Guard, and even fewer military and police and firemen, etc.

    Maybe we have too many people in DC that just want to yell NO instead of working to get this countrys' problems solved.

    Maybe there should be fewer non-working republicans.

    May 1, 2010 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  4. Ron Mosher

    How very typically Republican. Using this tragedy for political gain. How did you Louisianans elect this tool?

    May 1, 2010 05:39 pm at 5:39 pm |
  5. Susan in Arkansas

    Hey, Bobby. Why not give Sarah Palin a little jingle and ask her how to solve this problem. After all, someone who likes to chant "drill, baby, drill," certainly has developed a complete off-shore drilling plan that would include emergency fixes for this kind of "whoops!" Oh, and twitter John McCain, too.

    May 1, 2010 05:42 pm at 5:42 pm |
  6. Hannover Fist

    The governor seems shocked that a massive oil spill can't be easily cleaned up. Has he never seen the results of other oil spills? Is he this ill-informed about other issues?

    May 1, 2010 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  7. Richard Larson

    Sounds like Jindal is frantically looking for an excuse ti pin his own abysmal lack of response on a Democratic administration. He has all the power necessary under existing emergency laws to get a good portion of the process in operation. The problem with that is if state properties are damaged, then he doesn't have a Feceral entity to blame and bail him out.

    He should have pulled his head out of his niether orifice and get the job underway immediately, then stand up like a man and ask for additional help instead of crying the blues like he has been doing.

    May 1, 2010 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  8. sandy

    He's lucky, the response could have been the George Bush type. I think this President has been right on the ball with this catastrophe. Don't compare this to what happened in New orleans, as there is no comparison.

    May 1, 2010 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  9. NC

    So now he wants the government to help. I thought he like other republican teabaggers are for private enterprise and want the government out of their lives. You can't have it both ways.

    May 1, 2010 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  10. A Louisiana native

    Let Jindal take the reins and clean up the mess. He seems to know it all. Give him a chance to show what he's made of. Oh, I forgot. B.S. doesn't always work.

    May 1, 2010 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  11. AJ

    Jindal is a hypocrite. He and his party support an agenda of "drill baby, drill" with complete disregaurd of the environmental consequences. Now when there is a spill in his own back yard he's going to whine about it? Get over it Bobby, this is what you asked for.

    May 1, 2010 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  12. Tom, Vermillion, Ohio

    I cannot find anywhere an accurate, detailed representation of the current situation of this so called failed Blow Out Preventer. Did the rig fall onto it? Where are the deep sea images? Technical Drawings? Nothing to say what the situation actually is down there. I share Gov. Bobby Jindal expressed frustration. All data and info must be made public immediately! We have a lot of engineering "talent" and "know how" in this country that can shut that oil off!!!

    May 1, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  13. Harry Baxter

    Maybe you can get all of your "Drill Baby, Drill" friends who said that this could never happen to pitch in and do some work.

    May 1, 2010 06:11 pm at 6:11 pm |
  14. cspurgeon

    can't even stop being a republican in emergency. Playing politics..UGH! Go speed read on CNN Bobby. Let the workers in.

    May 1, 2010 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  15. Ken in NC

    OK so Gov. Jindal has been working with locals and needs funding approval from BP Oil before he can start spwnding money for the clean-up. How long will it be before he or someone else claims this is all President Obama's fault that he does not have funding approval from BP Oil?

    Gov. Jindal, since you do not seem to understand our system in this country, here is what you do. JUST WRITE THE A CHECK for the clean-up. Gov., you do what you gotta do and then sue BP Oil for the cost.

    May 1, 2010 06:17 pm at 6:17 pm |
  16. Ancient Texan

    This is a terrible situation, especially at this time in history when we need all the energy help we can get. But just a question. Since this happened the day before Earth Day, could this possibly be an act of Eco-Terrorism?

    May 1, 2010 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  17. Discernment


    (1.) – It was Bobby "Hypocrite" Jindal that turned down federal stimulus that could have "empowered our local government" at a time like this.

    (2.) – It was Bobby "Hypocrite" Jindal and his Republican Tea Party that screamed "Drill Baby, Drill".

    (3.) – It is Bobby "Hypocrite" Jindal and his Republican Tea Party that are still screaming (at the behest of BP and other mega-corporations) for smaller governments that would be "too ineffective" to protect Louisiana from corporate sleazes like BP.

    (4.) – It was Bobby "Hypocrite" Jindal that said nothing as the previous Bush-Cheney administration shredded the budget of FEMA, EPA, OSHA, and all other federal watch-dog agency that could have either protected us from BP's disaster, or come to our rescue at this time.

    May 1, 2010 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  18. Pragmatic

    Does the governor have specific, technical solutions or just babbling to make himself look good?

    Anyone who thinks BP & the government aren't doing the best they can do with the tools they have ... aren't being realistic.

    No one wants this catastrophe: But playing the "blame game" solves nothing. Anyone who thinks they have "the solution" better speak up!

    May 1, 2010 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  19. Meka

    Why Complain NOW . . . You should have Complained, AS YOU VOTED FOR DE-REGULATION!!!

    May 1, 2010 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  20. Dave

    As Republican, wouldn't Jindal not want to see a strong government response?

    May 1, 2010 06:57 pm at 6:57 pm |
  21. DawnL/CA

    Only Jindal can call out the National Guard. Why did he wait. Oh...I know. Bush sent the Nat'l Guard to Iraq & Afghanistan. Why does he need funding approval from BP? Pres. Obama already said BP was paying for the clean-up.

    May 1, 2010 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  22. Where is Obama.......

    he's at a party with the press........this is the change you voted for...

    May 1, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  23. art in kingwood

    Mr. Obama's failure to deal with this in any valid manner is a crime. Mr. Obama is now responsible for the biggest environmental disaster in American history.

    Generation from now, when Americans look back on this debacle, Mr Obama's name will be a symbol of shame and disgust.

    May 1, 2010 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  24. Djinn

    Fine them by the gallon!!!

    May 1, 2010 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  25. George of the jungle

    hey i guess it would be ok to take government money for this . Right Bobby? Repos don't seem to care about driling but now they are blaming the president forr the spill. Fox is no longer a source of news but only a rag that reports for the far far right.

    May 1, 2010 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
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