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. MsDp

    I'm waiting for jingal to turn this into a political ploy for his party. By the way jingal, don't ask the Federal Government for NOTHING,

    May 1, 2010 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  2. donald

    If this gubner has to wait for someone else to help clean up the mess approaching his shores maybe he shouldn't be gubner. You demonized the federal government, calling it socialist so take your drill baby drill, right wing sorry ass out there and get the job done. If you are a proponent of "states rights" you surely don't have to wait on $$$ from Uncle Sam to do for self. But we knew all along that your a patheic empty suit just like the rest of your Klan. All right wingers like Jindal are good for is death, chaos and destruction.

    May 1, 2010 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  3. lila

    Gov. Bobby Jindal has authority to call out the national guard of his state. I thought he had already confirmed with the Whitehouse he was going to deploy 6000 national guard troops to the crisis to assist in clean up in order to have local fishing waters. Is he criticizing himself? I mean, BP was not honest about the size of the spill for 4 days. BP has not been dealing honestly with local or federal Government.

    May 1, 2010 07:41 pm at 7:41 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    Maybe he'll think twice about his stance on additional drilling.
    It's amazing how a disaster can put warnings into perspective.

    May 1, 2010 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  5. Hwy91

    Jindal's criticism would carry a lot more weight if he had not waited until Thursday, April 29th to declare a state of emergency and request deployment of the National Guard...

    May 1, 2010 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  6. Rick in AZ

    Interesting that Bobby wants BIG Government to help him out when he has been spouting that Government is too BIG.

    May 1, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  7. So you still want to drill?

    What happened to the Republican chants of "drill baby drill!" How's that working for you?

    May 1, 2010 08:09 pm at 8:09 pm |
  8. maryln48

    I am wondering why our president didn't cancel this silly dinner instead of being out there showing us that he is doing to try and stop this disaster that is happening at the gulf. There is also the bad whether that is flooding some of America. He can't cancel this dinner instead of talking to us and letting us know what is being done about these disasters. Well have fun because I can't vote for him again.

    May 1, 2010 08:13 pm at 8:13 pm |
  9. key

    You can't have it both ways that's not how it works drill baby drill is not the answer the President ran his campaign on. Clean energy until the GOP cried he doesn't respect our views.

    May 1, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  10. People's Voice

    Hey, Jindal. Do you now remember the "drill baby drill" chant your ilk fell in love with. How's it feel to be so stupid?

    Welcome to your world.

    May 1, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. Bostonian-TheWoodlands,TX

    I hate to see this timke of mess become of an area where I have family ( South Alabama ) It's a shame. Not only did Katrina wipe away, and erode what was left of the remaining coast line-one already disappearing into the gulf at record rates-now this, which may all but wipe out the remaing coast.

    BUT..........Who gives a flying flip !!?? DRILL BABY DRILL !!!!!

    Why haven'ty we heard from our dear Sarah Palin on this issue ?????

    And please...spare me the,"' it sure is funny timing ! ", argument.

    The timing of this is less suspect than Saddam Hussien 'magically' being captured before the 2004 elections.

    May 1, 2010 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  12. Ruty

    I am really surpised he didn't blame all of this on Obama. His style is to point a finger and blame the democrats.

    May 1, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  13. Fed Up!

    It could be far worse for the people of Louisiana ... George W. Bush could still be running things.

    May 1, 2010 08:33 pm at 8:33 pm |
  14. ed fl

    This Jindal Jerk did not have to much to say as he ate up the money that the oil companies gave to his election and his state. He is a typical GOP Politician ,when all is going good he takes the credit .Now that matters have changed he blames it all on everybody else. How come he doesn't know what dangers linger in the oil belt . when things and money come into him and the state all is well.Lets see what the great leader does to help his fish constituancy. Hopefully he will visit Arizona where his looks and appearance might get him locked up as a guest of another Dumb GOP Governor.

    May 1, 2010 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Mr Jindan put the blame where it should be, on BP for not being honest about that oil spill. Don't even try and place the blame on the President. This no time for you to start playing politics. Our Government is doing everything in their power to assist you and the people of LA.

    May 1, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  16. D. Tree

    Unfortunately, there is not that much that we can do... despite our best efforts, a spill of this type is like opening Pandora's box. It should make us seriously question whether offshore drilling is worth the potential damage to our economy and environment.

    May 1, 2010 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  17. JonDie


    Jindal and the Tea Party he represents believe:

    1) that we should drill, baby, drill! and

    2) that the oil companies should be free to do what they please

    3) with no government supervision and

    4) make record profits EVERY year even as literally everyone else in the country suffers.

    May 1, 2010 08:54 pm at 8:54 pm |
  18. Ann

    But, but, Governor, you don't need no stinkin help from the Government....

    May 1, 2010 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  19. Jim In Miami

    It's pathetic to hear 'Little Booby Jindal' whining now – the first thing he did was call 'evil' Washington and beg for money – where is the tough little mr. stand alone, go in alone, conservative. You remember the one who trashed the president for offering stimulus money – and then – on the 'quiet' ended up taking every dollar that was offered.

    This is your Katrina, Bobby, you'll never be president...

    May 1, 2010 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  20. Larry L

    The right-wing wants less government and more responsibility to fall on the States. These red states can take this little problem and show us all how well they can handle it without "big government" in their way!

    May 1, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    I have to agree with jindal (I am gagging) but his buddies from the bush administration are to blame for not making BP, and who knows how many other oil companies, look into safety valves and unlike what the quitter says no, it's not safe and this needs to be looked into before we have more accidents of this sort.

    May 1, 2010 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  22. Paul

    Wait a minute. The governor believes we should have less Federal Govenment. Let him clean it up without Federal help.

    May 1, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  23. jimmm

    Unfortunately, this is the risk with these oil rigs out in the Gulf of Mexico. Is Jindahl calling for the oil companies to add more contingencies to mitigate the risks? Of course not.

    May 1, 2010 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  24. teamzippy

    Aww, come on Bobby, you and your conservative "free market" friends don't want gov't to help you, not really. You're all about the "free market", you don't want any of that "socialism" crap. Why, I'm sure the "free market" will take care of this problem, right? Heck, we don't even NEED a federal gov't. Good luck with that there oil spill. Dick.

    May 1, 2010 09:38 pm at 9:38 pm |
  25. IVOTE

    He needs to be replaced now.

    May 1, 2010 09:46 pm at 9:46 pm |
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