On June 8, 2010 Louisiana Congressman Steve Scalise held an Oil Spill town hall meeting in the New Orleans suburb of Metairie.
Before the meeting began, staff members handed out a flier which said that the federal government had "finally agreed to require BP to pay for the cost of six of Governor JIndal's 24 proposed sand barrier protection segments, but the fact that the process took more than three weeks to occur is completely unacceptable. Eighteen more segments of this barrier have yet to be approved, and because of these inexcusable delays, we are loosing valuable time while Louisiana's environment, economy, and ecosystems pay a hefty price."
During the meeting Congressman Scalise said, "One of my frustrations is that we’ve heard so many different ideas that seem to make a lot of sense ... putting hay out in the water to absorb the oil and then hay would roll up and then you dispose of the hay .. we have plentiful resources that can be used to soak up oil before it gets to the marsh. You’ve heard about these big supertankers from Saudi Arabia. You’ve heard about so many other ideas that are out there and yet you don’t see any of them being implemented. There are more than enough good ideas. ... There’s no excuse for these ideas not being implemented" Scalise went on to say "There are too many good ideas that have not been implemented which tells me that they are not doing everything in their power to help us mitigate this disaster."
Congressman Scalise went on to lament the lack of a command structure and accountability. He also addressed the President's ban on offshore deep water drilling and its affect on the economy and the national deficit. For more details please see http://americanaffairs.suite101.com/article.cfm/drilling-ban-will-increase-unemployment-deficit-gas-prices