Video: 25 Barges of Rocks That Were To Be Used To Block Oil In Louisiana Sit Still After Army Corps Denies Permit To Parish

Absolute insanity, BP even agreed to pay the estimated cost of $30 million, the project was to build rock dikes across the inlets stopping the oil. The Army Corps denied the permit citing (get ready) environmental concerns
video from New Orleans
With oil hitting Barataria Bay, a vast estuary in southeast Louisiana that boasts one of the most productive fisheries in the country, local parish officials hatched a plan in May to save the fragile ecosystem: they would build rock dikes across several major tidal inlets between the bay and the Gulf of Mexico to block and then capture the oil.

Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana supported the plan, and BP agreed to pay for the project, estimated to cost $30 million. By early June, about 100,000 tons of rock began being loaded onto barges on the Mississippi River for transport to the coast.

But over the weekend, the Army Corps of Engineers denied a permit for the project, citing environmental concerns, in particular the potential for the rock barriers to cause widespread erosion and the breaching of Barataria Bay’s existing barrier islands.