Folks Billy Nungesser is a cowboy who I wouldn’t trust out of my sight. Follow the money on those sand berms folks. The Louisiana Legislative Auditor has some unique insights into how business in Plaquemines parish is conducted and they made the Times Picayune. Here is a snippet from Jenny Hurwitz’s report:
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser may have violated the parish charter and local law when he independently entered into two hurricane recovery contracts in early 2007 without securing the parish council’s approval, according to a legislative audit report.
In addition, the report identified three other potential legal and ethical violations by Nungesser’s administration, including the hiring of a parish attorney without properly notifying the council; a decision to exclude certain Federal Emergency Management Agency grants from the parish’s budget; and a possible state ethics violation by Nungesser.
“More oil is getting into the mangrove every day. It’s in the water. The fish are using it for cover,” said Clint Edds, a Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Biologist leading a tour of reporters. The biologist grew quiet as he toweled thick black oil off the twisting above-ground roots of a mangrove plant. Instead of its usual splay of waxy green leaves, barren branches hung over water flecked with rust colored bits of oil.
This wasn’t supposed to happen. Especially after alarmed Jefferson Parish officials, frustrated that BP wasn’t responding to their calls for boom to protect the area, commandeered a few dozen idle cleanup boats May 22. But by then, the oil already crept past the containment line, threatening fragile wetlands that were fighting to survive even before the encroachment of crude……………
The BP-hired contractors were instructed to begin “immediately” reshaping sand barriers to protect islands, including East Grand Terre, said Wildlife and Fisheries lab director Myron Fischer. He could not comment on why BP boats were not out there taking preventative action earlier
Boondoggle does not begin to describe this folks.