May 13, 2010 7:29 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Jindal Looks to St. Mary Parish for Help

Governor Jindal spent his day in St. Mary Parish, taking an ariel tour of where oil has actually made contact with land, places like Whiskey Island and Raccoon Island.

Jindal said, “we did not see the emulsified oil off those islands."

Even though it isn’t bad yet, Jindal says he’s planning for the worst.

"We got to assume the worst case scenario that means more oil headed this way, more oil headed for the coast," he said.

That’s where the Port of West St. Mary Parish steps in, as a drop off point for booms. At least 3,500 booms have already been delivered and more are on the way.

“The boom is being staged this morning so it's ready to be deployed, we continue to ask the coast guard and BP to send more hard boom to St. Mary, to Terrebonne and other parishes west of the river,” Jindal said.

Paul Naquin, St. Mary Parish President, said, "We expect BP in tomorrow to start lining up our booms."

When can St. Mary Parish expect to see the oil?

“It looks like we have 2 or 3 days before, unless the weather really changes," Naquin said.

In the meantime, the governor is working with every parish in order to protect the border from the Mississippi to the Texas coastline.


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