Re: "Stop Gov. Jindal from hijacking levee board nominations," Other Opinions, Sept. 27 Gov. Bobby Jindal, through his spokesman Garret Graves, says that he will refuse to reappoint John Berry and Tim Doody to the Southeast Louisiana Flood Protection Authority- East. Jindal wants to stop the authority's lawsuit against the oil, gas and pipeline companies. Since the 1980s I've wondered why these big energy companies have not been required to fill in the canals they dug throughout Louisiana's wetlands.
Now there are about 10,000 miles of these canals and pipelines, which ease the incursion of saltwater into our fragile wetlands. This plays a major role in destroying our wetlands and lays bare our cities to hurricanes.
I know that the energy companies provide jobs and bring money into the state, but that doesn't mean that they should ignore the damage they've caused. They're here because the oil is here (and off our shores), and they make enormous profits from Louisiana. It seems to be a simple matter of cleaning up the mess you've made, said you would fix, and are required by law to restore.
Sandy Rosenthal's Point of View column is to be applauded. Supporting the demand that Big Oil repair the damage they've done to our state are Levees.org, Gulf Restoration Network, National Resources Defense Council, Louisiana Bucket Brigade and the League of Women Voters.
Groups, including oil interests, are pushing for federal government help in rebuilding our wetlands. Of course we need federal support, but that shouldn't preclude the energy companies from paying their fair share.
Gov. Jindal wants to control the New Orleans flood protection authority, but the authority can "stand up to the governor" and nominate Berry and Doody and likeminded individuals.