Jindal and Nungesser tour marshes in Venice

By David Spunt - bio | email

VENICE, LA (WAFB) - The White House announced Wednesday it will force BP to pay for the construction of six segments in Gov. Bobby Jindal's sand berm dredging plan to create barrier islands to block oil.

Those segments were approved by the Army Corps of Engineers last week, but Jindal is asking for more. Jindal took a tour of the marshes up close Tuesday to see the devastation first hand.

Jindal visited Pass a Loutre, where the Mississippi River meets the Gulf of Mexico. It was one of the first areas hit by oil, and weeks later, it is still a mess.

"We know we're going to face oil coming into our coast for weeks, months and years ahead," Jindal said.

For weeks, the governor has been telling BP and the Obama administration time is up and Louisiana's fragile habitats could have been protected. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, also an outspoken critic of BP, fired off again at CEO Tony Hayward.

"If he's that clueless and that heartless, he's got to be fired," Nungesser explained. "Everybody in America that has anything to do with BP ought to be outraged."

Earlier this week, Hayward caused lots of controversy over a comment he made.

"There's no one wants this thing over more than I do, you know," Hayward said. "I want my life back."

"I'd like him to touch and feel this. I'd like the life he wants back. I want him to try to live off this land," Nungesser added.

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