Ok, if your stated goal is to help the environment and the people, then why are you putting a stop to something that will stop the oil from coming ashore in Louisiana? Is it because you are mad at the governor of Louisiana and a Federal Judge down there for telling you what you are doing is wrong? Obama is so full of himself that he will destroy all the wetlands in Louisiana just to punish the governor and a judge. He is so full of vindictiveness – this country needs much better, but will there be a country by the time 2012 rolls around? Scott
UPDATED: 12:13 pm CDT June 23, 2010
NEW ORLEANS —
The federal government is shutting down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.
The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who was one of the most vocal advocates of the dredging plan, has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, pleading for the work to continue.
Nungesser said the government has asked crews to move the dredging site two more miles farther off the coastline.
“Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil,” Nungesser wrote to Obama. “Furthermore, with the threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, we are being put at an increased risk for devastation to our area from the intrusion of oil.
Nungesser has asked for the dredging to continue for the next seven days, the amount of time it would take to move the dredging operations two miles and out resume work.
Work is scheduled to halt at midnight Wednesday.
The California dredge located off the Chandelier Islands has pumped more than 50,000 cubic yards of material daily to create a sand berm, according to Plaquemines Parish officials.Nungesser’s letter includes an emotional plea to the president.
“Please don’t let them shut this dredge down,” he wrote. “This requires your immediate attention!”