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  • Feds Continue to Block Oil Spill Cleanup

    If there were ever a time to pull out the Ronald Reagan quote “The nine most terrifying words in the English language are: ‘I’m from the government and I’m here to help,” it would be here and now with this oil spill. Either no one’s in charge or everyone is. Either way, it’s not working and is creating needless delays that waste valuable time to suck up the oil and protect our coastlines.

    The latest example of federal government obstruction is the United States Fish and Wildlife Service preventing the state of Louisiana from dredging to build protecting sand berms. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser immediately sent a letter to President Obama requesting that the work continue. He said, “Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil. Furthermore, with the threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, we are being put at an increased risk for devastation to our area from the intrusion of oil.”

    This comes after sixteen barges (that were effectively sucking up the oil) were shut down for 24 hours as the Coast Guard confirmed that fire extinguishers and life vests were on board. Alabama Governor Bob Riley also voiced his disapproval with the government’s poor synchronization saying, “”It’s like this huge committee down there and every decision that we try to implement, any one person on that committee has absolute veto power.”

    We know BP is the party to be held accountable for the oil spill, but our federal government has a responsibility and an important role to play. We’re over two months in and up to this point it’s been a failure. The gulf oil spill presents an unprecedented economic and environmental challenge for our government. Instead of obstructing resources from mitigating the environmental disaster, we need better coordination between all the federal agencies involved.

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    5 Responses to Feds Continue to Block Oil Spill Cleanup

    1. robert rashford, mai says:

      Has it accrued to anyone that the heavy involvment from Canada might mean something? Really, wouldent the best solution to a large part of this mess be simpley to sell the sand to Canada? If you look at It that way many questions get answered. Like, why dos it seem the gov is not helping? Becouse thay want the oil on the beaches. The more the better. What's worth more….sand.. or sand with oil all over it? And who would want that at a great price? Canada! Also, why clean up anything now? The well is still gushing!!!! The beaches are liquid money now and selling the sand could mean big bucks in lots of pockets. let's not get this messed up… this is about money! BP I'm sure would be more then happy to play along. Also, doing that makes the beaches 100% clean. Now, doesent that seem more likely a solution to all the problems regarding the beach cleanup?

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    4. Jim - Ohio says:

      Robert. Did you even go to school ???????

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