Several weeks ago, we highlighted the issue of politicians wanting a “solution” implemented, when the scientists did not support that solution. Now that the use of sand berms off the coast of LA has been reviewed by experts on the presidential commission, the scientists were vidicated. Not a surprise. Tragically, $220 million were spent/wasted owing to the persistent pressure from Gov. Jindal. The money came from BP, but that amount used elsewhere no doubt could have been applied more productively. See Sand islands off Louisiana stopped little oil in gulf spill, commission finds; Wash. Post, Dec. 16, 2010.
One of the most controversial tactics used against this summer’s Gulf of Mexico oil spill – the construction of large sand islands off the Louisiana coast – managed to stop only a “minuscule” amount of oil, according to a draft report from a presidential commission.
- Green: Louisiana Rethinks Its Sand Berms (green.blogs.nytimes.com)
- The Shaw Group to Provide Louisiana Coastline with Sand Berm Construction (eon.businesswire.com)
- ‘Green News Report’ – July 22, 2010 (bradblog.com)