Maya Rodriguez / Eyewitness News
GRAND ISLE, La. – Gov. Bobby Jindal and coastal leaders from the hardest hit areas in the state took stock on Grand Isle on Wednesday, one year after the spill.
Upon his return from a charter fishing trip, Captain Keith Bergeron showed off some of his catch caught in the waters near Grand Isle.
"Every trout we got in the box is fat. I mean, they're eating like crazy,” said Bergeron.
Amidst that backdrop, Jindal and coastal parish leaders gathered on Grand Isle to talk about where things stand one year after the Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 men and unleashing more than 200 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico.
Jindal led a moment of silence for the men who died.
"Nothing can bring those men back. We need to keep not only those men, but their families in our prayers,” Jindal said.
The fallout from the spill continues across coastal Louisiana. The governor said hundreds of miles of the state's coastline still contain some kind of oil one year after the spill began.
"We continue to call on BP and the Coast Guard to continue to clean up our shoreline,” Jindal said. “There is still over 300 miles that has some amount of oil. Forty percent of the Louisiana coastline that had been oiled during this spill continue to be oiled today."
But a spokesman for BP disputes the governor's claim about how many miles still have oil.
"About 95 percent of the coast is actually clean. So, I actually want to correct that and put it in proper perspective,” said Curtis Thomas, a BP spokesman. “I can't speak for the Governor, but what I can say is that BP has made the commitment to be here until the job is done."
Still, some parish leaders say BP has not lived up to that commitment and that they've been asking for money from BP to try and keep oiled marshes from washing away – money that they say they have yet to receive, so the state has stepped in with $14 million to get coastal restoration started.
"For months now, we've been begging for bank stabilization money,” said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. “The governor stepped up and has a plan in place to do some of that work, but obviously, it is not enough."
"We have an opportunity to turn a negative into a positive, we have an opportunity to focus the nation's attention on coastal restoration,” said Jefferson Parish President John Young. “This is not just south Louisiana issue. This is not just a Louisiana issue. This is a national issue."