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Apr 29, 2010
Governor Jindal Requests Resources to Protect Louisiana's Coastline

BATON ROUGE – Following reports that part of the oil sheen broke off and will now reach Louisiana’s coast earlier than previously expected, Governor Jindal spoke with Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano this evening to request additional resources from the federal government as the state prepares for the potential impact of the oil spill. Reports this evening indicate that the oil spill could reach the state’s coast by Thursday.

Governor Jindal said, “We learned late this afternoon that National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration models now show the oil spill could reach our coast sooner than expected. At this time, the Pass-A-Loutre Wildlife Management Area is expected to see the first impact of the oil spill.

“I spoke with Secretary Napolitano this evening to outline the state’s needs as we brace for the impact of the oil spill on our coast. We appreciate the efforts to date of the Coast Guard and BP as the lead parties. As the oil spill comes closer to our coast, we have asked for additional resources from the Coast Guard and BP as we work to mitigate the impact of the spill on our state.

“By relying on models from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, we have identified areas that are in need of additional oil containment booms. We have requested additional booms to cover all the coastal areas that will be impacted by the oil spill. These will protect our coasts and fisheries in the event the oil reaches our shores. We also asked Secretary Napolitano that response teams be on-the-ground and ready to respond when the oil spill reaches our coast.

“Earlier today, we also spoke with BP and requested these same resources, which they agreed to provide.

“Our top priority is to protect our citizens and the environment. These resources are critical to mitigating the impact of the oil spill on our coast.”

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