Billy Nungesser: Still Not Satisfied

By Kate McCarthy

Jun 17, 2010 8:51am

This week BP said it would withhold dividend payments, apologized for the massive oil spill and set aside $20 billion in an escrow fund and $100 million more for the out of work oil rig employees.  President Obama authorized 17,000 National Guard to the Gulf and named Navy Secretary Ray Mabus to come up with a restoration plan that will make the Gulf “better than before.”  Not good enough for Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.


“I had a meeting with BP and the Coast guard, and I truly believe the people on the ground here are trying, but I still can’t tell you honestly who is in charge,” Nungesser told me on “GMA.” “They look across the table at each other and it’s not getting done.”


Ahead of Tony Hayward’s testimony on Capitol Hill today, the Plaquemines parish president said that somebody needs to take the “bull by the horns” and take responsibility for the “screw-ups.”


“Everyone involved, including the president, needs to look everybody in America in the eye and say I am doing everything physically possible to save coastal Louisiana. Anything short of that is unacceptable,” Nungesser said. “And until we deploy every asset from around the world that can pick up this oil we are not doing our job.”


Yesterday Nungesser called for Admiral Thad Allen replacement, telling The Associated Press that he wants someone else to head up the government’s response because Allen has failed and “is not the right man for the job.”


But when I asked him about that this morning, he seemed to back off that charge.


“A lot of people talking and said we need some military people taking charge, and maybe that is the answer, but something’s got to change,” Nungesser told me.


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–George Stephanopoulos

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