We need to save our state

June 04, 2010 at 9:27 am  | Mobile Reader | Pring this storyPrint 

The Top Kill did not work as intended so now British Petroleum is trying another method to stop the escaping oil from the drill stem. It involves cutting the pipe and capping it to bring the oil up to ships waiting on the surface of the sea.

Most prognosticators don’t give it more than 50 percent chance of working effectively which means the spill may go on until the new wells being drilled make contact with the pool of oil that is escaping - - which could be in August. This would put us on edge through most of the summer months until we know wherein our future lies.

Many prospective solutions have been proposed and BP says it has studied them all and determined which ones have the best prospect of working to cap the well and end the unintended flow into the Gulf. That, of course, is a job for the scientists and other professionals to determine and hopefully they have appropriate minds working on it.

Meanwhile, we , the people of Louisiana, have to help decide how to prevent the oil that does leak from ruining our livelihoods and way of life. And there have been many prospective solutions to that, too.

Our governor, Bobby Jindal has already stated his desire to rebuild the barrier islands and once again make them live up to their name - - barrier. Stopping the oil from flowing into our wetlands and killing our wildlife and vegetation that protects the coast will be their first job. Protecting us from other deadly invasions, such as hurricane surges, could be another service that would continue Louisiana as the fishing and hunting mecca of the nation and, at the same time, America’s port of embarkation to produce the fuel we need until other cleaner sources of power become plentiful.

The governor is right in demanding that those islands be restored. He and Jefferson Parish President Billy Nungesser are ready to proceed with it whether the federal government approves it or not.

This is our state. We need to do what we can to help save it.

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