Officials keep up criticism of BP, Coast Guard for lack of plans to protect coast

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
NEW ORLEANS (AP) — Gov. Bobby Jindal and other officials are keeping up their criticism of BP PLC and the Coast Guard, saying they never provided plans to protect the Louisiana coast from an oil spill.

The Associated Press
Oil blobs and oil sheen are seen in the waters of Chandeleur Sound, La., on Tuesday.

Jindal and Sen. David Vitter of Louisiana spoke Tuesday at Fort Pike, where efforts are under way to protect Lake Pontchartrain from the oil. Jindal says local leaders have stepped in to come up with their own solutions and officials are waiting for the Coast Guard to approve the plans and BP to fund them.

BP spokesman Larry Thomas says work is continuing to stop one of the smaller leaks from the well.

The company says capping the pipe would not reduce leaking oil, but would make installing a containment system easier.

--BP Offshore Oil Disaster Information--

The oil spill disaster was caused by an explosion at an offshore drilling rig in the Gulf of Mexico. The leak is releasing some 5,000 barrels of oil per day, and efforts to manage the spill with controlled burning, dispersal and plugging the leak have been unsuccessful.

Today, the oil is still freely flowing from the offshore drilling rig, and once that oil hits one of the main ocean currents, the oil will quickly contaminate the rest of the world's oceans.

This oil spill could become the worst oil spill in history, surpassing the damage done by the Exxon Valdez tanker that spilled 11 million gallons of oil into the ecologically sensitive Prince William Sound in 1989.

Efforts to fight the offshore oil disaster still continue.

Environmentalists who originally opposed offshore oil drilling, feared an oil spill disaster as a potential worst-case scenereo. The BP Offshore Oil Disaster is quickly becoming that worst-case scenereo.

--More Information Online--

"BP Oil Spill 2010: Latest news, PHOTOS" - Huffington Post

"BP Is Criticized Over Oil Spill, but U.S. Missed Chances to Act" - NYTimes

"BP plan to protect Florida from oil spill inadequate, officials say" - St.Petersburg Times (Florida Newspaper)

"Bill Would Raise Bill on Oil Spill" - NYDailyNews

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