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State teacher evaluation system criticized; Jindal sidesteps questions about visiting Bayou Corne sinkhole

The cement pumped into the BP Macondo well a day before it blew out on April 20, 2010, was not given enough time to “set,” or harden, before a negative pressure test was run that allowed oil and natural gas to travel up the drill pipe to the surface, where it exploded aboard the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig, an oil well cementing expert testified Wednesday. 

The [sinkhole visitation] question was posed a second and third time about when residents can expect to see him. The governor repeated the same response without addressing when or if he might visit the sinkhole evacuees. “Again, we’ll continue to work with those agencies to make sure we hold the company [Texas Brine] accountable,” Jindal said. The governor’s press secretary, Sean Lansing, then changed the topic of the questioning by calling on a reporter who had not raised his hand. When the reporter expressed puzzlement at his name being called, Lansing called on a different reporter.

Political blogger Robert Mann has a theory: “Jindal is really powerless to help these people. His aides may well be telling him that the residents of Bayou Corne will never be allowed to return to live in their homes. Let’s be clear: Bobby Jindal will not be the one to deliver that message.”

The Lens was “the first one who printed it [the provisional ballot issue],” said state Rep. Pat Connick, R-Marrero, the best-known toll opponent. “You were at the forefront for getting the story out.”

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About Mark Moseley

Mark Moseley blogs at Your Right Hand Thief. Until mid 2014, Mark Moseley was The Lens' opinion writer, engagement specialist and coordinator for the Charter Schools Reporting Corps. After Katrina and the Federal Flood he helped create the Rising Tide conference, which grew into an annual social media event dedicated to the future of New Orleans.