May 23rd, 2010
06:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Louisiana demands action on dredge plan

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="A BP cleanup crew removes oil from a beach Sunday in Port Fuchon, Louisiana."]
Venice, Louisiana (CNN) - Frustrated Louisiana officials Sunday demanded the federal government approve their plans to dredge up walls of sand to protect delicate inland estuaries from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.

"Either the Coast Guard has to side with its American citizens and protect its communities, or it has to side with a major world corporation named BP and betray American citizens in that process," St. Bernard Parish President Craig Taffaro told reporters.

With oil sloshing ashore along the state's barrier islands and seeping into marshes around the mouth of the Mississippi River, state and parish leaders want to use dredges to close channels between the Gulf and the coastal estuaries. But they said those plans have been held up by the Army Corps of Engineers and the agencies in charge of the spill response, including the Coast Guard and BP, the company responsible for the spill.

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Filed under: Energy • Louisiana • Obama administration
soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Frank in valparaiso indiana

    BP has declared war on the US, that's what it looks like to me. Not using better dispersants, dumping crude for a month in critical areas. This would be environmental terrorism. BP does it, I say war.

    May 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  2. dave

    Dredge Baby Dredge!

    May 23, 2010 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  3. GI Joe

    Hey - It was Bush/Cheney that made the deals NOT to require an extra $500,000 safety.

    Get them to bring the national guard back from their two wars and we'll have all kinds of help for disasters like this AND save over $11 Billion per month !!!!

    May 23, 2010 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  4. Hiqutipie

    Its about time...This is what we have been waiting for that should have been done from the beginning...Don't wait for BP to defend the wetlands & beaches but have a plan to defend them yourself, then be ready to implement them...Nice work Bobby Jindal...a week or 2 late but finally you're doing what is expected from the government, local & federal...

    May 23, 2010 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  5. mike, Florida

    The banking industry runs rampant making bad investments and
    the goverment rushes in and creates TARP to bail them out of
    the mess they created. BP's oil well runs rampant into the gulf
    risking humans, animal life and huge financial loss and the goverment says it is BPs responsibility not theirs. We certainly
    can see where our goverments priorities lye. I suppose there just
    arent enough lobbyist out there concerned with our environment.

    May 23, 2010 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  6. Annie, Atlanta

    This is a tragedy. I am so sorry for all the good people along the Louisiana coast who depend on the Gulf for their livelihoods. I just hope to God BP has a way to clean this up other than spraying deadly chemicals to hide it.

    May 23, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  7. JonDie

    The Tea Party philosophy:

    1) Drill, baby, drill!

    2) No RESTRICTIONS at all on oil company practices.

    3) Do everything possible (i.e., do nothing) so that oil companies make MASSIVE profits every year.

    4) Earth is ours to trash.

    I can't wait until the Tea Party takes the White House.

    May 23, 2010 07:07 pm at 7:07 pm |
  8. mike

    hey lets spill baby spill there is no global warming and then its to
    late when you will want government to do something about it but
    by then the tea party will have dismantle it and you can't look to
    the socialist to take care of the problem when are you going to
    put on the thinking cap on and start realizing that its not about you
    but big business

    May 23, 2010 07:19 pm at 7:19 pm |
  9. cesar

    Wow big busines needs low 2 no regulation.

    May 23, 2010 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. leaning right....

    I think we all know who the gov will side with! how's that hope n change working out for ya!

    May 23, 2010 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  11. BobH

    The reason the dredging plan has been held up is because it may well do more harm than good. If the people advocating so avidly for it did a tiny bit of homework, they wouldn't be shouting about moving forward so recklessly.

    May 23, 2010 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  12. terry,va

    Obummie has been able to say this is not his Katrina so far. He said it is the big oil company's fault. If he had been in charge when Katrina hit he would have said it's God's fault. He is a big finger pointer and blamer of anything that happens. Time to man up if he has the guts to. No more Bush bashing, blaming others, etc.; it's your responsibility Obummie; economy, foreign security, immigration outlaws etc., etc. You are the biggest disappointment anyone with a brain has seen.

    May 23, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. Discernment


    Southern states like Louisiana, Mississippi, and Alabama have been decrying the federal government as "the problem" ever since Ronald Reagan's presidency. And now the Tea Party has joined the anti-government wackos.

    But wait, , ,are we hearing a new Libertarian tone? Are southern Republicans crying out for federal government assistance? What happened to Ron & Rand Paul's policy of "no government hand-outs" and "let the (BP) markets work it out"? Surely BP will come to Louisiana's rescue 🙂

    May 23, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  14. phoenix86

    Be careful Louisiana, if you decide to do something yourself that the Federal government should do, liberals will brand you a racist and other fringe left politicians will call for a boycott. Just ask Arizona.

    May 23, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  15. Discernment


    So, Louisiana is looking for federal government hand-outs? Ask Bobby Jindal whether he has any stimulus money left over from last year?

    Oh, that is right, Bobby Jindal turned down the stimulus; so he has no money to fight the corporate catastrophe just off his shorelines?

    Maybe Bobby Jindal and Haley Barber can dig in their personal pockets and use some of BP/Exxon corporate-lobby stash?

    May 23, 2010 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  16. Mike

    States come up with solutions such as clean up of the oil spill and immigration reform and what does nobamby and the demorats do? NOTHING They sit on their hands. The response by nobamby and the demorats to the oil spill and their INACTION is far worse than the response to the New Orleans hurricane. This is one of the reasons the demorats and big spending voting Republicans will be sent home in 2010 and 2012.

    May 23, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |