Dr. van Heerden alleges that he was fired for speaking critically of the US Army Corps of Engineers and that LSU was worried about federal funding being put in jeopardy. LSU receives large federal grants from the Corps.
Dr. van Heerden graciously agreed to an interview early this morning. And he shared some astonishing information.
LEVEES.ORG: Can you share any details about the trial that are not already published in media outlets?
VAN HEERDEN: Yes. It seems that upper level administrators at LSU discussed whether or not to give me a cyanide pill.
LEVEES.ORG: Wow! Do you have a copy of the correspondence?
VAN HEERDEN: Yes, we have a copy of the email exchange.
LEVEES.ORG: How do you feel the trial is going?
VAN HEERDEN: I feel it’s going well. The judge is asking very good questions that leads me to feel the trial is going our way. I am feeling positive.
LEVEES.ORG: Have you been providing advice during the BP oil disaster?
VAN HEERDEN: I can say that the oil is going exactly where I predicted that it would go based on our modeling. We also made two suggestions as soon as we heard about the spill. One was to restore the Chandeleur Islands because it’s much easier to clean sand than marsh. The other was to divert fresh water of out of the Atchafalaya River to prevent oil laden salt water from entering the Bay. Unfortunately, this trial has pulled me away from contributing more to the oil disaster and I regret that.
Testimony in the case is scheduled to resume at 6:30 p.m. today in U.S. District Court.