Bayou Corne Residents are not shocked Governor dodged questions
POSTED: Wednesday, March 6, 2013 - 10:52pm
UPDATED: Thursday, March 7, 2013 - 3:39pm
BAYOU CORNE,LA (NBC33) — Governor Bobby Jindal is dodging questions about whether or not he's ever going to go down to Bayou Corne to address the community there in person. Jindal refused to give a straight answer three times in a row.
After the question of visiting the area in person he responded: “Again we'll continue to work with those agencies to make sure that we hold the company accountable. That we make sure we make the situation right. We hope to make Texas Brine do what they are obligated to do under the permits under state law to compensate those folks.”
He then responded to a third request for an answer: “Look, again I will continue to work with those agencies to hold Texas Brine accountable.”
Residents just want him to come speak with residents and tour the giant sinkhole, which has displaced them from their homes for more than 7 months now.
Mike Schaff, Bayou Corne resident, said, "He needs to just like Obama came for BP, and you was here for BP. This is our miniature BP our miniature Katrina."
Residents Mike Schaff and Gerald Merritt can't believe it's been seven months, and Governor Bobby Jindal has yet to come to Bayou Corne.
"I don’t think much about it. He acts like he is unconcerned, and I don't understand why," Merrit described. "There is no reason why he couldn't or wouldn't but he just won't."
Residents were not surprised Governor Jindal never gave a straight answer.
“I don't need to have him over here,” Schaff said. “I know that a lot of people are really disturbed and upset they haven't seen him.”
They don't want much from Governor Jindal, just a few moments of his time.
"Seems like they are not worried about it,” Merritt explained. “Seems like he'd be able to come down tell you something: good luck, best wishes, or we're going to help you if we can. I mean things like that show a little concern."
Schaff says every time the governor talks about Bayou Corne, it seems like his mind is somewhere else.
"What it's telling me is that he is busy campaigning. We understand that. We understand that he's out doing more important things than taking care of state matters you know," Schaff said.
Residents respect the fact the governor sent state agencies to help, but they say it's just not enough.
"We're not a huge part of the state, but we are part of the state," Schaff exclaimed.
"It's hard to say totally forgotten, but he's just got other things to do that are more important," Merritt explained.
On Saturday residents will meet with environmental activist Erin Brockovich to discuss their legal options. The meeting is open to the public.