Fail Follow-up: Jindal’s Berms Already Washing Away

  • Published on July 13th, 2010

Jindal's berms, washing awayFail update… Remember Bobby Jindal’s brilliant plan to bulldoze sand out into the Gufl? To form berms to keep the oil from getting ashore?

Robert S. Young, an authority on shoreline geology at Western Carolina University. His take:

The White House has announced that this project is now moving forward, despite serious concerns among coastal scientists, including myself, that it will not be effective in keeping oil from the coast, could do more environmental harm than good, and would be extremely expensive. I’m sure it was just a coincidence that the contract for the berms went to one of Jindal’s biggest campaign contributors.

We got an update from Young this morning, with pictures.

Here’s what he says:

Just thought that you might be interested in knowing that the attempt to build artificial sand berms off the Chandeleur Islands is meeting with as much difficulty as we predicted.  Please see the series of photos attached.

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Jeremy Bloom is the Editor of RedGreenAndBlue. He lives in New York, where he combines his passion for the environment with his passion for film, and is working on making the world a better place.