Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is fuming and has sent a letter to the White House after he said the U.S. Wildlife and Fisheries Service told him that his dredging operation being used to create protective sand berms will have to be shut down and moved two miles further out in the Gulf of Mexico.
Nungesser said that he got word that the dredging operation at the Chandeleur Islands site would be shut down at 6 p.m. He said officials told him that the dredge needs to pull soil from three miles out in the water and not a mile out, as it is doing now.
“Once again our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline,” he said in the letter addressed to President Obama.
Nungesser said the threat of hurricanes and tropical storms makes the continuation of the berm creation mandatory.
"I get an e-mail that says to shut down the dredges at 6 o’clock," said Nungesser. "How many more monkey wrenches can they throw into this deal? And how much more can the local people take of the federal government screwing up our life?"
Nungesser said he wants to be allowed to continue to dredge while a pipe is hooked up three miles out and then he will shut down operations for a single day to have the pipes and connections moved. He said otherwise the operation would be shut down for seven days.