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BP Sand Berms Sought by Jindal Found ‘Underwhelmingly Effective’

Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal’s plan to block BP Plc’s spilled oil with sand berms, approved after President Barack Obama met with officials, was declared a failure by the staff of a commission investigating the disaster.

State officials sought federal permits to build the berms on May 11, three weeks after BP’s Macondo oil well in the Gulf of Mexico ruptured, according to a commission staff working paper released today. The berms, described by the panel staff as “underwhelmingly effective, and overwhelmingly expensive,” will become a barrier island restoration project.