May 24, 2010 9:28 AM by Sharlee Jacobs
BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - Louisiana's top lawyer is urging the
federal government to approve construction of sand barriers to
protect wetlands from the Gulf of Mexico oil spill.
Attorney General Buddy Caldwell is threatening to sue over what
he calls "petty jurisdictional concerns" of the U.S. Army Corps
of Engineers. Caldwell says the state has been informed that the
agency is "inclined to deny a routine request for a dredge and
Caldwell said in a letter to the commanding general of the Corps
of Engineers the state has the right to do the work as an emergency
response to the oil threat. The attorney general says that if the
Corps denies the permit, he will advise the governor to continue
work - and take the case to court.