Coastal state senators defend sand berms
BATON ROUGE, La. — Two Louisiana state senators who represent parishes most damaged by the Gulf of Mexico oil spill defended the construction of $200 million in sand barriers, despite criticism from a presidential commission that the berms were nearly worthless.
Republican Sen. A.G. Crowe, who represents heavily oiled Plaquemines Parish, says the criticism is an insult to Louisiana. He said Friday that Gov. Bobby Jindal’s administration was forced into the berm project because of response problems from the federal government.
Meanwhile, Democratic Sen. Norby Chabert of Houma says the berms will boost the state’s coastal restoration efforts, slowing erosion and helping lessen storm surge.
A presidential commission says little oil ever washed up on the berms, which were paid for by BP. The commission called the project “underwhelmingly effective, overwhelmingly expensive.” Jindal disputes the findings.