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Gulf Oil Spill
Sun May 23, 2010
Jindal Calls for 'Greater Sense of Urgency'
By Eileen Fleming
New Orleans, La. – Jindal says that BP isn't deploying nearly enough boats to capture the oil. One local leader commandeered 50 vessels he says were idle and sent them out to protect the area around Grand Isle just outside the wetlands in Jefferson Parish.
Coast Guard Rear Admiral Mary Landry says she understands people are upset.
"Everybody's anxious to try to help and you have the Vessels of Opportunity system and you're bring workers in, hiring people to do cleanup and they attempted to use these shallow water skimmers on emulsified oil. And that is always - that's not going to work."
Landry says she will speak with Jindal about his complaints of few boats actually collecting the spill. Interior Secretary Ken Salazar and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano will be visiting the Gulf Coast on Monday with six U.S. senators to inspect BP's response.
For NPR News, I'm Eileen Fleming in New Orleans