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May 23, 2010 8:18 PM by Chris Welty

State Not Waiting For Approval to Protect Coast

ON BARATARIA BAY, La. (AP) - Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal says
the state is not waiting for federal approval to begin building
sand barriers to protect the coastline from the Gulf of Mexico oil
spill.
Jindal's defiant comments Sunday came as oil pushed at least 12
miles into the heart of Louisiana's marshes. Two major pelican
rookeries are now awash in crude.
Jindal made his remarks on a boat at the edge of one of the
pelican nesting grounds. He and officials from several coastal
parishes say the berms would close the door on the oil still
pouring from a deepwater gusher about 50 miles off the coast.
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is studying the environmental
impacts from the emergency barrier proposal. The Corps didn't
immediately respond to e-mails and telephone messages.

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