BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Coastal supporters gathered at the Governor's mansion for a protest to bring attention to Louisiana waterways. People marched for 8 days from Grand Isle to Baton Rouge with samples of water from their hometowns to Governor Jindal's doorstep.
They are strongly against the Governor's decision to sign Senate bill 469. General (Ret.) Russel Honore says the states priorities are out of order.
"The state of Louisiana spends more time, according to an EPA report, protecting oil and gas industries than they do protecting our water, our air, and our land and food. That's the problem we got," said Honore.
The bill limits which state agencies can file lawsuits, and it was aimed at killing a lawsuit by a New Orleans area levee board against oil and gas companies.
Spokesman Mike Stagg said if we don't do something soon all may be lost.
"If we don't take the steps to save our coast we are relegating communities to sink in to the Gulf of Mexico, "said Stagg. " Grand Isle has been identified as the place in North America with the most dramatic impact to climate change; sinking land and rising seas."
And he believes Governor Jindal should rethink something's.
"You have a year or so to redeem yourself and I think that's figuring out a way to make sure we have the money to implement coastal restoration," said Stagg.