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Oil disaster recovery planner to meet with Louisiana governor

By the CNN Wire Staff
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is leading the Gulf Coast long-term recovery effort.
Navy Secretary Ray Mabus is leading the Gulf Coast long-term recovery effort.
  • Navy Secretary Ray Mabus and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal to meet Monday afternoon
  • Mabus was tapped to draw up long-term oil spill recovery plan
  • Jindal criticized federal government Wednesday for halting sand-dredging

(CNN) -- The man tapped by President Barack Obama to work on long-term oil spill restoration will meet with Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal on Monday afternoon to discuss the disaster's economic and environmental impacts on the state, according to a Secretary of the Navy press release.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus, a former governor of Mississippi, is to lead the effort to draw up the government's plan for recovery efforts encompassing immediate and long-term concerns for the suffering region.

The plan will be developed with input from the states, local communities, tribes, fishermen, businesses, conservationists and other Gulf residents, according to the Navy.

Jindal criticized government authorities Wednesday after sand-dredging operations to protect the state's coastline from the oil disaster were halted. Scientists and experts were concerned dredging would damage nearby barrier islands. Jindal called on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the Army Corps of Engineers to let workers resume dredging off the Chandeleur Islands.

"We've been losing 300 feet every year off these islands -- where has the federal government been?" Jindal told reporters after touring the dredging site Wednesday. "All of a sudden when we're building new land to protect our coast, they're worried about a hypothetical."

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