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The Coast Guard stops oil barges from cleaning up the BP oil spill

June 17, 2010

  Barack Obama likes to state that he has been on the case since day one in regards to the BP oil spill, he also likes to claim that the federal government is doing everything they can to help with this disaster, but his rhetoric doesn’t quite match his actions since oil began spilling into the Gulf.

  It has been reported that many foreign countries have offered to help with the oil spill by providing oil skimming ships or chemical dispersants, but the Obama regime has declined all of these offers.

“Belgian, Dutch, and Norwegian firms” all offered to help by providing the oil skimming ships, while Britain offered to provide the chemicals that potentially could have helped to absorb the oil that continues to spill into the Gulf immediately following the explosion of the oil rig. This hardly sounds like the actions of a federal government which is serious about containing the leak and cleaning up the Gulf in a more timely manner, and it hardly sounds like a government that has been on the case since day one.

  Governor Bobby Jindal asked for a waiver from the federal government that would have allowed Louisiana to build berms to stop the oil from reaching the shore but received no authorization from the federal government. As he waited for approval the oil eventually made it to the shores, yet the government remained inactive so Governor Jindal eventually built the berms without permission. He had no choice, someone had to do something but regardless of the Obama regime’s claims no help came.

  Now it is being reported that the barges the governor ordered to begin sucking up the oil from the water were halted from continuing their efforts to clean up the oil by the Coast Guard.

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.

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

  The Coast Guard is claiming that the barges needed to be shut down so that they could verify that they were carrying the proper amounts of both fire extinguishers and life jackets. After a 24 hour delay that allowed untold gallons of crude to continue to spill into the Gulf, the barges were given the go ahead to resume their efforts to slow down this disaster.

  While this interruption in the clean up effort cannot be directly laid at the feet of Barack Obama as can be the fact that he has declined to accept the help of other nation’s goodwill offers to help, Bobby Jindal does make a valid point:

The governor said the problem is there’s still no single person giving a “yes” or “no.” While the Gulf Coast governors have developed plans with the Coast Guard’s command center in the Gulf, things begin to shift when other agencies start weighing in, like the Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.”It’s like this huge committee down there,” Riley said, “and every decision that we try to implement, any one person on that committee has absolute veto power

  There is no one person calling the shots but rather a committee of people who sometimes are at odds with each other trying coexist in and command the cleanup effort. There should be one person in charge of this effort– not big, bloated government bureaucracies with differing goals in their best interests. And that one person should either be Barack Obama or a person named by him, so yes, this delay implemented by the Coast Guard can be attributed to the fact that Barack Obama has failed to assert the proper leadership that is needed in this crisis.

  We are left to wonder whether Barack Obama has just been inept or if he wants this disaster to be as bad as possible in order to gain more public support for his leftist cap and trade agenda.

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8 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2010 10:53 pm

    This situation just keeps getting worse and worse. I saw a video recently and Bobby Jindal was angry. I don’t think I’ve ever seen him like that. Here he is the governor trying to help LA, which already went through the nightmare of Katrina, and again, unable to get the government to respond. How do our elected officials sleep at night?

    I also saw a poll that showed more people now think Bush did a better job with Katrina than Obama is doing with the oil spill! Yeesh!

    At some point you would think SOMETHING has to give.


    • June 18, 2010 6:21 am

      I saw tha tpoll as well. The Obama administration has mishandled this from the beginning and it isn’t getting any better, in fact, it is getting worse.


  2. June 18, 2010 9:05 am

    Absolutely appalling. I can only draw the conclusion that the administration doesn’t want this thing contained or stopped. Oily pelicans and ruined beaches go a long way towards persuading Americans to give up their freedoms.


  3. The Georgia Yankee permalink
    June 18, 2010 8:35 pm

    Boortz had an excellent analogy today – he said imagine a firetruck racing to a fire, sirens blaring and lights flashing, only to be stopped by a trooper because of a cracked rear tail light.

    Sorry – safety is critical, but the CG could have done two things to satisfy its inspection requirements, if in fact they really needed to be satisfied: they could simply have followed the boats out to sea and once they started sucking up oil, performed spot inspections. If they felt compelled to be more formal, they should have gotten to work immediately, inspecting quickly and releasing boats as soon as they passed.

    For them to have held a fleet of oil-fighting boats in port for an entire day to satisfy some bureaucratic requirement, just days after the President suggested that this oil spill is the moral equivalent of war, is an absolute disgrace and a blot on the record of the Coast Guard.

    Right now is the time to work and clear up this mess, but when the time comes to figure this whole thing out, I want to know why that order was given, and I think we also have the right to know why the offers of aid from so many of our friends and allies were turned down.


    • June 20, 2010 8:01 am

      Imagine if a fire truck had to obey the speed limit! I think you are correct, I don’t understand why boats couldn’t have followed them to the scene and then inspected them while they were working.


  4. June 18, 2010 11:29 pm

    I don’t know whether to chalk this one up to ineptitude, stubbornness, “anal retentiveness” about following the letter of the law,… or what. In also isn’t clear to me if the oil-sucking barges were held up at port or on the way to the spill. But, whoever was in charge could simply have made sure from the get-go that CG vessels were stocked up with fire extinguishers and life vests, which could then be passed out if necessary, whether in port or AT THE SCENE (i.e., while cleanup was going on). Or, in this particular circumstance, the senior officer on board could have called for some to be brought, while accompanying the barges to the spill. Is it really that hard?!


    • June 20, 2010 7:54 am

      The way I understood it, the barges already started their work when they were told to stop, I could be wrong. There is a time and a place (during an emergency is one example) when certain procedures can be waived. This just does not make any sense at all.



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