Posted: Sep 9, 2010 3:54 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Federal environmental regulators are blasting
Gov. Bobby Jindal's $360 million project to build sand berms to
stop BP PLC's oil from contaminating the state's shores and
wetlands and argue the berms in place have stopped little oil, pose
a threat to wildlife and interrupt currents.
The Environmental Protection Agency says Louisiana's recent
request to build 101 miles of sand berms along the coast should be
shot down. The state needs the federal government's approval before
it can build the berms.
The berms - paid for by BP - have drawn criticism from coastal
scientists and federal regulators. Critics say the work was
ill-conceived and would damage the environment. Still, Jindal has
made the project a cornerstone to his strategy to fight the Gulf of
Mexico oil spill.