NEWORLEANS- The U.S. Coast Guard says it and BP have a storm evacuation plan ready to go, but the governor says it's still lacking major specifics.
BP says they have hurricane plan; Jindal says it lacks detail
The U.S. Coast Guard says it and BP have a storm evacuation plan ready to go, but the governor says it's still lacking major specifics.
At a town hall meeting in Violet Friday evening, a community searched for answers in the midst of the oil disaster and a big name New Yorker was eager to give them.Kenneth Feinberg, the man tapped by President Obama to dish out $20 billion of BP's dollars to those suffering financially because of the oil, was well received in St. Bernard as a charming, yet realistic independent administrator working to heel a region now rocked to the core.
'I can't do more than I can do,' said Feinberg.'I wish I could, I wish I had unlimited ability to do that.'
Lifelong commercial fisherman Charles Robin watched on for nearly 2 hours.His finances are an obvious concern, but now not the only one with a tropical depression swirling in the Caribbean Sea.
'That's another worry so you got trauma after trauma,' said Robin.'What can I say?We're looking to lose again.'
Now more than two months into the oil disaster, Governor Bobby Jindal says BP is still in the process of finalizing its own storm emergency plan
'One of the things we've asked them to do is to commit about the specific evacuation stationing areas, where they'll go and locate,' said Jindal'Earlier, we've asked them for the plan, it wasn't adequate.We've asked them to update it.They made progress in a couple of areas: they've been more specific on when they'll pull the trigger in terms of evacuating personnel and they're equipment.'
Lafitte mayor Tim Kerner says he was told by BP they could soon be asking him for suggestions.On Friday evening, he was still waiting and to that Senator Mary Landrieu didn't seem fazed.
'BP didn't have a plan to cap the well, BP didn't have a plan to scoop up the oil, BP didn't have enough skimmers or enough vacuums so I mean that's not a surprising to me,' said Landrieu'We just have to deal with it as it comes.'
St. Bernard parish president Craig Taffaro required every agency working on the disaster in his community to turn in their own contingency plan today on how they hope to evacuate workers and equipment.The parish is now working to consolidate those into a master plan over the next 24 hours.
Meanwhile, Admiral Thad Allen, the head of the federal government's response effort, says he has been working with BP to develop a robust evacuation plan, one that kicks in 5 days before the onset of gale force winds.
Crews working to contain and cleanup the oil could evacuate the Louisiana coast as early this weekend, according to Allen.Even in a best case scenario, operations could be shut down for a minimum of about 5 days in the event of an evacuation.
Robin is hoping the Tropical Depression will still clear of Louisiana.One mess in the Gulf, he says, is enough to worry about.
'One day my boy comes up to me asked me if we're ever going to fish again,' said Robin.'We don't know.'
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