Monday, May 24, 2010

Obama Admin Not Responding To Jindal's Request To Build Sand Booms For Oil Spill Blockage

Michelle Malkin linked to this page from NECN, showing a press conference yesterday with Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal telling the press they will not wait for approval that hasn't come from the federal government (Obama) to build sand booms to protect Louisiana from the oil spill.

Gov. Jindal was critical of the amount of boom his state received to ward off the oil seeping toward the coastline. But his major gripe comes at the expense of the Army Corps of Engineers, who have yet to give the go-ahead for the building of sand booms
to protect the Louisiana wetlands. He used photographic evidence of oil breaking through hard booms, soft booms and another layer of protection, before being finally being corralled by a sand boom built by the National Guard.

"It is so much better for us. We don't want oil on one inch of Louisiana's coastline, but we'd much rather fight this oil off of a hard coast, off of an island, off of an island, off of a sandy beach on our coastal islands, rather than having to fight it inside in these wetlands," Gov. Jindal said, making the case for sand booms.

The governor said he has been forced to protect Louisiana without the approval of the Army Corps of Engineers, which is weighing the ecological impact of the construction of more sand booms.

"We are not waiting for them. We are going to build it," Jindal said.

"We can either fight battle -- we can fight this oil -- on the Barrier Islands 15 to 20 miles off of our coast, or we can face it in thousands of miles of fragmented wetlands," Gov. Jindal said, clearing favoring the first option. "Every day we're not given approval on this emergency permit to create more of these sand booms is another day when that choice is made for us, as more and more miles of our shore are hit by oil."

The oil spill, which has lasted 33 days since the explosion of the Deepwater Horizon oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico, has yet to be stopped by British Petroleum at the source. The situation is dire for Gulf coast states.

"It is clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here," Gov. Jindal said. "Oil sits and waits for cleanup, and every day that it waits for cleanup more of our marsh dies."
Doug Ross has a timeline of Obama's response, or should I say, lack of response, to the BP oil spill. As he's been known to do on the weekend, the Thin-Skinned President was playing golf on Saturday.

If George W. Bush or any other Republican had reacted the way this President has towards this disaster, he would be hammered relentlessly by the lapdog media. Accusations of "racism" and "bought off by big oil" would be in the air.

But when it comes to Obama? No scrutiny of his lack of response or his receipt of BP campaign funds.

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