June 23rd, 2010
07:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Louisiana governor outraged at stop in dredging operations

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/images/06/23/art.getty.bobby.jindal.jpg caption="Gov. Bobby Jindal said Wednesday the fight to protect shorelines 'is a war.'"](CNN) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal had harsh words for government authorities on Wednesday after sand-dredging operations to protect the state's coastline from the BP oil disaster were halted due to environmental concerns.

"This is a war," Jindal said of the fight to protect shorelines from the approaching oil. "Every hour, every day matters. Maybe they don't see the oil from Washington (but) we see it every day on our coast."

Jindal called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers to let workers resume dredging off the Chandeleur Islands. The dredging would be followed by construction of berms in hopes the offshore berms would block oil before it hit the beach.

The issue stems from the original proposal Louisiana submitted for the project, which raised concerns among scientists and wildlife officials about its proximity to the state's sensitive barrier islands, said Tom Strickland, the assistant Interior Secretary for Fish, Wildlife and Parks.

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soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. dick delson

    If Bobby Jindel had half a brain, he'd be dangerous.

    June 23, 2010 07:21 pm at 7:21 pm |
  2. marxist dogs are out of control

    We understand Obama's game. However Obama doesn't understand that we understand his game. Not since the fall of 1860 have we confronted what we confront now, except the enemy is within the White House.

    June 23, 2010 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  3. Jane

    I honestly believe this man is the only one who cares about the people of louisiana. He is a great man.

    June 23, 2010 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Naqib


    REMEMBER THIS.... Remember come Nov and in 2012 how this administration handled this crisis... Hillary asked about the 3AM call and I guess she was right... 60+ DAYS LATER... and NOTHING

    June 23, 2010 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  5. GI Joe

    Jindal sees only to the tip of his nose - today, this week.

    Those barriers will be washed away with the first of many big storms this summer. Loose sand or dirt will NOT hold - tides will take their toll.

    Think months or years, Jindal. This won't be the last oil spill. Money from the taxpayers doesn't grow on trees for the hurricane-riddled states to keep building their "houses on sand", and re-building again and again and again and again........

    June 23, 2010 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  6. MatthewDetroit

    It is amazing the the Barack White House can keep screwing up so much.

    They are not being asked to fix the problem, just MANAGE the cleanup and they can not even do that.

    Why have they not taken the help offered from other states and countries to cleanup the oil spill. Boats and personnel have been volunteered. The President is ONLY allowing UNION workers to work on the cleanup and only in small distribtution....

    What is the problem with this President.

    He just doesnt get it.... He is ruining the gulf by not solving the problem.

    I thought he was supposed to be Soo soo smart...

    Maybe that is why they NEVER Released his transcripts or educational record.


    June 23, 2010 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  7. NC

    I want the government out of my life until I need them. Be careful what you wish for government haters.

    June 23, 2010 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  8. Wake Up

    Why is this Republican Gov. begging for government assistance (more big spending like the tarp money he smiled and held the big checks signed by "himself") ?

    June 23, 2010 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  9. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    "This is a war," Jindal said of the fight to protect shorelines from the approaching oil. "Every hour, every day matters. Maybe they don't see the oil from Washington (but) we see it every day on our coast."

    Like the Republican War On Drugs...how's that working out so far?

    June 23, 2010 07:51 pm at 7:51 pm |
  10. Riley

    The environmentalist just don't get it. SHAME ON THEM!!!

    June 23, 2010 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  11. Jeff Spangler

    Good show, dude, but it's already too late. You and your good people are essentially defenseless against the bad mix of crude and water on which your lives depend. I feel badly for you, but it's time to prepare for a very bleak future. I wish I were wrong, but I'm sure I'm not.

    June 23, 2010 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  12. Limbaugh is a liberal

    Hey, why don't you just ask your republican buddy next door in Mississippi! He'll tell you that all that oil on the shores is perfectly normal!

    June 23, 2010 07:58 pm at 7:58 pm |
  13. Peter E

    So the Louisiana government's plan is to destroy land, then replace it with worse land. And they too are weeks behind schedule already. Yeah, I'm sure it will work so much better than the BP attempts at containing the oil spill.

    June 23, 2010 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  14. Jindal...Obama will stop you......

    no dredging.....no saving Louisiana and it's businesses......we must save the red legged frog that lives there......

    June 23, 2010 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  15. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Jindal says "maybe they don't see the oil from Washington but we see it every day on our coast". Make no doubt about it Mr. Jindal, the Republicans do see the oil and they want to keep drilling and you want to be president.

    June 23, 2010 08:14 pm at 8:14 pm |
  16. Henry Miller, Libertarian

    Seems to me that Governor Jindal ought to just ignore the interfering, useless, idiots in Washington and just do what needs to be done. What's Washington going to do? File a lawsuit? Fine.

    June 23, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  17. Aaron

    He's unbelievably worried about the oil destroying the coastline, yet he wants oil shore drilling to resume immediately. It's hard to take the guy seriously.

    June 23, 2010 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  18. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    Thank you Bobby Jindal for sticking with your principles, and refusing the Socialist, Communist, Federal money, and fixing the catastrophy yourself...

    June 23, 2010 08:23 pm at 8:23 pm |

    Obviously Jindal could care less about the possible environmental damage. This whole mess was created by the Republicans and their closeness to Big Oil by totally relaxing the necessary "oversights" and saying that the Big Oil Companies can monitor themselves. What a bunch of BS this situation is!

    June 23, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
  20. ed fl

    This so called expert seems to have all the answers , well Governor how about You and Barbour sending home all federal help and money and handle the problem yourselves. PS what is you new answer for the new dumping due to [Inexperienced governors attitudes] you might have to find another means of aquiring money that you will be losing in your oil expertise.

    June 23, 2010 08:32 pm at 8:32 pm |
  21. James in Columbia

    What's that? Oh, the barrier islands that WON'T HELP? Oh yeah, THOSE sand islands – the ones that will hasten erosion of the real barrier islands and wetlands because they'll block all natural deposits on them. The ones that will blow apart when hurricane season starts. Stupid scientists, what do THEY know?

    June 23, 2010 08:36 pm at 8:36 pm |
  22. sylvia edwards

    You can't have it both ways. He complains about the BP oil spill but yet wants to keep on digging. Fix one problem before you dig up another. Build wind mills off the coast. That will supply the electricity for the electric cars and heat our homes. We need to stop buying oil. We can get the oil that we need from plants. What's the use of my complaining? In 50 years there won't be any oil left to dig and the continents will be flooded becuase of global warming. Sorry! I forgot. Global warming is a lie. We're just going through a hot spell. We have too many polar bears anyway. Let them eat cake instead of fish and seals which will probably die any way becuase of the oil spills.. Sounds like catch 22.

    June 23, 2010 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  23. Hammerer

    Another obama attempt to drag out the oil spill. First he ignored, then played the blame game, then appointed a study group, would not allow berms to be built, no to moving ships to skim the oil, no to help from outside, stop all drilling and all the time shouting that the oil spill is his #1 concern. Right, but the concern is that the leak will not last long enough to get his cap and trade passed.
    And you though he would help the "little people". Yea, right.

    June 23, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  24. ib

    another stupid move by radical tree huggers who got us in this mess to start with.

    June 23, 2010 09:03 pm at 9:03 pm |