Governor Jindal Tours Spill Site, Says Louisiana Must Remain Vigilant Against Millions of Gallons of Oil Remaining in the Gulf
NEW ORLEANS (July 20, 2010) - Today, Governor Bobby Jindal took a tour of the Deepwater Horizon spill site to assess the millions of gallons of oil that remain in the Gulf of Mexico and threaten Louisiana’s fragile coastline. The Governor highlighted the numerous coastal protection strategies deployed by the state and coastal parishes to fight the spill and he called these defense measures critical in the continued battle against the millions of gallons of oil that is still in the Gulf and expected to impact Louisiana.
Governor Jindal said, “Today we traveled to the Deepwater Horizon spill site and saw the many miles of sheen and oil still in the water. According to one oil budget estimate from the U.S. Coast Guard, a total of around 5.4 million barrels of oil have spilled into the Gulf over the months of this spill. This is based on an estimate of 60,000 barrels on average being released from the well each day. They estimate that more than 1.59 million barrels of oil still remain in the Gulf – and that is after they calculated for an estimated 100,000 barrels collected by skimming, 262,000 barrels that have been burned, 823,000 barrels that were contained and more than 2.6 million barrels of oil they believe have either evaporated or biodegraded on their own.
“The bottom line here is clear – we still have tens of millions of gallons of oil out in the Gulf – some of which we saw today – that is still headed toward our coast. That is tens of millions of gallons of oil headed toward our Louisiana shoreline, 474.3 miles of which has already been impacted by oil.”
“As you know, we have worked with parish and local officials to be forward leaning throughout the response efforts to protect our coast, our economy, and fundamentally our Louisiana way of life. Many times we adapted our coastal protection strategies to adjust to the lack of resources – or the slow deployment or arrival of resources. We knew we would not find a silver bullet, so we adapted a variety of strategies, including nearly 40 miles of sand berm, more than 14 miles of tiger dams, more than 11 miles of Hesco basket barriers, and nearly 3 miles of barges.
“In all, we have used sand, sand-bags, barges, hard boom, soft boom, rigid pipe boom, tiger dams, Hesco baskets, xtex fabric, sheet pile, rocks and dirt to supplement the lack of available resources during the ongoing spill response. Today, we saw that those defense measures are still important to protect our coast over the next few months – and some estimate even years – while oil is still expected to be in our waters and hitting our shores.”
ONGOING COASTAL PROTECTION MEASURES
AGENDA FOR REVITALIZING LOUISIANA
The full “Agenda for Revitalizing Louisiana” can be found here: Link