Jindal to US: We're Not Waiting for You

Sand berms will go without Army Corps of Engineers OK
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 23, 2010 5:16 PM CDT
Jindal to US: We're Not Waiting for You
A Louisiana Fish and Wildlife officer walks near an oil soaked boom as he tries unsuccessfully to corral on oil soaked pelican in Barataria Bay, Sunday, May 23, 2010.   (Gerald Herbert)

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says the state is not waiting for federal approval to begin building sand barriers to protect the coastline from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Jindal's defiant comments today came as oil pushed at least 12 miles into the heart of Louisiana's marshes. Two major pelican rookeries are now awash in crude.

Jindal and officials from several coastal parishes say the berms would close the door on the oil still pouring from a deepwater gusher about 50 miles off the coast. The US Army Corps of Engineers is studying the environmental impacts from the emergency barrier proposal. The Corps didn't immediately respond. (More Bobby Jindal stories.)

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