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Governor Jindal Designates $5 million of BP State Grant to Attorney General

BATON ROUGE (May 31, 2010) - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal announced that $5 million of the $25 million total block grant given to the state for oil clean up and response efforts will go to Attorney General Buddy Caldwell’s office to support expenses incurred as a result of the BP oil spill.

Governor Jindal said, “BP fronted the state $25 million to support the functions of our first responders and others fighting to protect our coasts because the reimbursement process can be slow. It’s important to note that this $25 million doesn’t even scratch the surface of our state’s total needs in responding to and recovering from this catastrophic oil spill. We are designating today $5 million of this total to the Attorney General’s Office to help support their expenses incurred as a result of the BP oil spill.”

Attorney General Buddy Caldwell stated he is very pleased to receive this funding. “Once again, the offices of the Governor and the Attorney General are joining together to protect the rights and livelihoods of the citizens of the State of Louisiana and in this instance, it precious resources and coastline as well,” said Caldwell. “Without this essential funding it would be virtually impossible to engage in the difficult task ahead of ensuring that BP lives up to its financial obligations and responsibilities to the State of Louisiana,” added Caldwell.

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