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Governor Jindal Highlights Local Leadership in Protecting Coast
Gov. Jindal says National Guard Increasing Deployment from 600 to 1100 Guardsmen

NEW ORLEANS (May 4, 2010) Today, Governor Bobby Jindal joined St. Tammany Parish President Kevin Davis and New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu in New Orleans to highlight the plans developed by St. Tammany Parish and Orleans to mitigate the impact of the oil spill as well as to assess needs and monitor implementation of plans to protect the state’s coast. St. Tammany Parish’s detailed plan for protecting the coast was one of the very first developed and Governor Jindal pushed BP and the Coast Guard to approve the plan immediately. Governor Jindal unveiled each of the detailed parish plans to protect the coast from the oil spill yesterday, which are posted online www.lacpra.org. Later in the day, Governor Jindal also traveled to St. Bernard Parish to meet with Parish President Craig Taffaro and other local officials to assess their needs and monitor implementation of their plan to protect the coast.

Governor Jindal said, “This Saturday, we met with President Davis and Mayor Landrieu and parish leaders from all across coastal Louisiana to incorporate their input and guidance into the plans we developed to protect our wetlands – and fundamentally our way of life. Our Parish leaders – like Kevin Davis, Mayor Landrieu, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser and St. Bernard President Craig Taffaro – are the types of leaders who know this coast like the back of their hands.

“They know where the priority areas are in their regions that need the most protection from this oil spill, and they know the best way to prioritize resources so they can respond as the oil continues to shift in the water. The know-how of our coastal leaders, but even more so, their passion for our coast is what will lead our efforts in protecting Louisiana’s way of life.”

Coastal Parish Protection Plans

The Governor said the primary areas for protection are St. Tammany, St. Bernard and Plaquemines Parishes, which are expected to see the first impact of the spill.

Governor Jindal said, “Working with Kevin, we included St. Tammany Parish in the worst-case scenario detailed plan for areas east of the Mississippi River – including all of Plaquemines Parish. The plan for this area, developed by CPRA and parish emergency managers identified 82 closure points East of the Mississippi River and on the West Bank of Plaquemines Parish.  This includes booming an area of nearly 45,000 feet with over 200,000 feet of hard boom – due to multiple layers – and over 50,000 feet of secondary and tertiary removal measures.”

In St. Tammany, boom will be placed along the Orleans Land Bridge at Blind Rigolets, Unknown Pass, Chef Menteur Pass, Bayou Thomas, Bayou Bienvenue and the gap in the MRGO bank that connects it to Lake Borgne just east of Bayou Bienvenue.  All of these areas connect to the Pontchartrain Basin.

St. Tammany’s initial request was for 7,500 feet of boom and an additional 41,000 feet is now being requested as supplemental boom.

St. Bernard Parish’s initial request was for 74,000 feet of hard boom and an additional 165,000 feet of boom is now being requested as supplemental boom.

Plaquemines Parish is aggressively staging and deploying 126,720 feet of absorbent boom and more than 100,000 feet of hard boom. They are also planning to stage two “jack up” barges as part of their response efforts.

National Guard

The Governor also announced today that National Guard troop deployments along the coast are increasing from 600 to 1,100. Many of the additional personnel will be deployed to parishes east of the Mississippi that are expected to be the most directly impacted by the spill. The Governor’s full request for National Guard support to the U.S. Department of Defense was for 6,000 personnel.

Governor Jindal said, “I want to thank the National Guard. They have been helping in these parishes for days now and their experience during hurricanes has made them one of our state’s finest resources in times of emergency.”

More information on the state’s response to the BP oil spill can be found on www.Emergency.Louisiana.Gov.

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