May 28, 2010 6:45 PM by Carolyn Cerda

Government Response to Crude Disaster: Local Reactions

President Obama inspected Fouchon Beach Friday, which is threatened by the Gulf oil spill. The President also got a briefing at a Coast Guard station and a meeting with Governors and other officials.

While President Obama toured Louisiana's coast residents inland are voicing their opinions about the government's response to the Crude Disaster.

"I am here to tell you that you are not alone, you are not going to be abandoned you will not be left behind cameras at some point may leave the media may get tired of the story, but we will not," President Obama said. He promised those along the coast that more help is on the way.

But, local residents say the government's efforts, over a month after the oil spill, may be too little too late.

"When you get to something this scope, the government should have taken a stronger role," Lafayette Resident Dana Ace said.

Acadiana Residents tell KATC, they believe the Obama Administration is reacting to the oil spill, when it should have been proactive in preventing it.

Lafayette Resident David McBane says this includes stricter regulations on off shore drilling. "If the government does nothing else, then say, 'hey did y'all think about the worse case scenario? And if so, show us what your plan is.'"

Meantime, others feel the government may be over reacting, by shutting down rigs.

"I don't think all the rigs should shut down because of one oil spill," Acadiana Resident, Trisha Suire said.

Houston Resident, Robert Head agrees. He works in the oil industry and visits Acadiana for his business. "It's throwing the baby out with the bath water."



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