Governor Blasts BP, US Gov't for Delays in Oil Spill Response
    2010-05-24 12:03:33     Xinhua      Web Editor: Xu Leiying
 
The governor of U.S. state Louisiana on Sunday criticized British oil giant BP and the U.S. government for delays in protecting the state's coastlines from a massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

The U.S. Coast Guard and BP failed to make decisions quickly and delayed the deployment of clean-up equipment, said Governor Bobby Jindal.

"It is clear the resources needed to protect our coast are still not here. Boom, skimmers, vacuums, jack-up barges are all in short supply," Jindal said at a press conference in Venice, Louisiana.

"Oil sits and waits for clean-up -- and every day more of our marsh dies," said Jindal, who said the delays were "unacceptable."

Jindal, who on Sunday visited one of two major pelican rookeries now coated in oil, said Lousiana is working on chain of sand berms that would defend the state's coastline.

Brown, thick oil was found seeping into the precious wetland of Louisiana on May 19, threatening the Gulf ecosystem and the state's seafood industry. Jindal said oil has already tarred 100 km of the state's coast.

Louisiana state and parish officials on Sunday demanded the federal government approve their plans to dredge up walls of sand to protect the state's delicate inland estuaries from the oil spill. They want to use dredges to close channels between the Gulf and the coastal estuaries.

The "Deepwater Horizon" drilling rig, leased by BP, exploded and sank some 52 km off Venice, Louisiana, late last month, killing 11 workers and unleashing a massive oil spill.
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