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Garret Graves, a Jindal aide who handles coastal affairs, said "some the heaviest oiling on Louisiana's coast" occurred on the constructed berms. He further said that the state National Guard has removed over 1,000 pounds of oily debris from the sand berms.
According to the story, neither side of the argument presented any data. Graves also said that the birds appear to be attracted to the tops of the sand berms and the population seems to be actually increasing.
Grand Isle Mayor David Camardelle added, "To be honest, most of these people sit behind a computer; they all have degrees, but none of them have a lick of commonsense. They're worried about these islands. In the 1930s and 1940s, all these islands were connected. What is wrong with us dredging and building these islands back up and trying to connect these islands?"