May 17, 2010 4:16 PM by Chris Welty
KENNER, La. (AP) - Gov. Bobby Jindal and leaders from several
coastal parishes are pushing a $350 million barrier island repair
plan as a way to protect Louisiana's coast from the Gulf of Mexico
oil spill and reduce the ultimate cleanup and its costs.
Sand dredged from the gulf's floor would be built up in 86 miles
of the gaps between islands, returning land eaten away by decades
of storms and slower erosion.
Jindal said Monday that the project could start within days
after the Army Corps of Engineers approves it. He is asking for
quick approval, and says he has been told that a decision could
come in days.
Jindal says the price tag is much less than it would cost to try
to remove oil from marshlands.