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Coast Guard Delayed Oil Cleaning Barges

From ABC News:

Barges with vacuum trucks are seen along the oil damaged shores in the Northern reaches of Barataria Bay, La., Thursday, June 17, 2010.

BP Oil Spill: Against Gov. Jindal’s Wishes, Crude-Sucking Barges Stopped by Coast Guard

59 Days Into Oil Crisis, Gulf Coast Governors Say Feds Are Failing Them


June 17, 2010—Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state’s oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor’s wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore.

"It’s the most frustrating thing," the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. "Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges."

Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP’s oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.

"These barges work. You’ve seen them work. You’ve seen them suck oil out of the water," said Jindal.

So why stop now?

"The Coast Guard came and shut them down," Jindal said. "You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, ‘Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.’"

A Coast Guard representative told ABC News today that it shares the same goal as the governor.

"We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil," said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer.

But the Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.

The governor said he didn’t have the authority to overrule the Coast Guard’s decision, though he said he tried to reach the White House to raise his concerns.

Notice that Mr. Jindal said he “tried to reach the White House.” It sounds like he did not succeed.

So much for Mr. Obama’s promises of constant availability.

"They promised us they were going to get it done as quickly as possible," he said. But "every time you talk to someone different at the Coast Guard, you get a different answer."

After Jindal strenuously made his case, the barges finally got the go-ahead today to return to the Gulf and get back to work, after more than 24 hours of sitting idle

As we have maintained all along, ‘regulations’ have probably caused much of the delay in attacking the spill.

But the federal government’s answer will be to pile on even more regulations.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, June 18th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

10 Responses to “Coast Guard Delayed Oil Cleaning Barges”

  1. proreason says:

    This disaster needs to last until November.

    Where is that first big Hurricane?

    Louisiana should have thought about this before it voted for McCain in 2008 by 58.6%.

    That state is getting a taste of how things are done in Chicaco.

    Fearless prediction: Florida will get the bulk of the cleanup resources. Charlie Crist will applaud the Moron’s handling of the crisis. The Democratic contendor for the Senate in Florida will fade into the woodworks. Crist might change parties again from an independent to a Democrat.

  2. heykev says:

    ” The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board”

    This really is unbelievable – and unconscionable! If they really were interested in cleaning up the oil all they had to do is simply get on board the ships and count the life jackets and fire extinguishers.

    If for some reason there’s not enough, have someone go the the nearest marine store and purchase them while the Coast Guard is waiting. Let them clean up the waters already!

    Another great example of “I’m from the government and I’m here to help.”

    • proreason says:

      The only product a bureaucracy creates is its rules. Nothing is more important.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      Mr Spock from Star Trek: “It must be noted for the record that the primary purpose of a bureaucracy is to prolong a crisis”.

    • heykev says:

      You are both correct. I remember when a friend’s wife was pregnant with their little bundle of joy. Because this woman knew how to work the system, she was able to take off (albeit unpaid for some of it) for a year and a half. While others who were employed there much longer and had their baby after her came back to work much, much sooner.

  3. RightWinger says:

    Unreal! I could right now picture a meteor on a collision course with Earth, where scientists would tell us we could destroy it with a high powered nuke if the missle is launched within 3 days. Then the Barry regime would tell us that the missle launch would have to be put on hold for at least a month or two so the EPA could do an enviromental impact study on the possibility of nuked fragments hitting the Earth in enviro-sensitive areas.

    Incidently, how many games of golf has Barry gotten in since the oil rig exploded?

  4. Right of the People says:

    Gee, I wonder who gave the order for the Coast Guard to shut them down? You don’t suppose it could have come from Barry the Impotent himself, do ya?

    “So much for Mr. Obama’s promises of constant availability.”

    If Jindal were a Dimocrap he’d be on the list for access to the boy king. Too bad for the people of Louisiana that he has an (R) after his name.

  5. HostileLogic says:

    This incident is just one of the many examples of the stupefying incompetence and arrogance coming out of the White House. It’s stupefying because, no matter how you look at it, it makes absolutely no sense as a sane political strategy. Even much of the Marx Stream Media is becoming outwardly agitated with President Zero.

    When someone finally publishes a clearly defined timeline detailing the fed’s actions in this catastrophe, the feces is going to hit the rotary impeller.

    I never thought for one minute that Zero’s intellect was anything other than short timber, but I must admit that even I didn’t realize that he was this stupid.

  6. Chuckk says:

    The most important job for a bureaucrat is to follow the rules, regulations, protocols, and procedures. The second most important thing is to get the job done.

  7. Tater Salad says:

    Obama’s oil spill could haunt him but his long time buddy, Bill Ayers is “appalled” with the flotilla incident. This from a moron who blew up buildings and killed a person.


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