Louisiana’s sand barriers prove to be waste of money

WHO: Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal

WHAT: Roughly 14 miles of sand barriers erected by the Republican governor to protect the coastline at the height of the Gulf of Mexico oil spill were criticized by a presidential commission as a colossal, $200 million waste of BP’s money so far. The commission said that its staff can “comfortably conclude that the decision to green-light the underwhelmingly effective, overwhelmingly expensive Louisiana berms project was flawed.”

WHY: Jindal, who pushed the venture over the objections of scientists and federal agencies, secured money from BP to do it. The idea was popular in Louisiana, but became a source of tension between Louisiana and the Obama administration, which grudgingly approved the plan. BP originally committed $360 million to the project. Of that, $195 million has been spent so far. The state plans to spend the rest.

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