Prolonging the Oil Spill Cleanup - Why?

Several days ago Bobby Jindal ordered barges out into the Gulf to vacuum some of the crude oil from Louisiana’s coastal waters. By all accounts I’ve seen, it was working pretty well. They weren’t getting it all but they were becoming quite effective and it may take many small efforts to get the spilled oil under control and removed.

According to ABC News “Sixteen barges sat stationary today (6/16), although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP’s oil as of Tuesday (6/15). 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.” But the Coast Guard ordered them to stop.

So why stop?

“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 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 barges sat idle for 24 hours, with Jindal’s calls to Washington going unanswered. Finally on Thursday they were allowed to start again.

To check that fire extinguishers and life jackets were on board? I have a lot of respect for the Coasties and I’m sure one of them would have just boarded the barges and visually inspected for fire extinguishers and life jackets. Not a difficult thing to do, CG does it all the time. So the orders to stop vacuuming up oil must have come from far up the chain, and I can’t even imagine a responsible high-ranking CG officer to allow himself to be set up for stupid. They’re not. It would have to be someone who could order the CG to stop the vacuuming barges.

Along with several other bits of evidence, like refusing help in the first days after the spill started and other smoking guns, to me this points to the fact that someone high up in this administration does not want the oil spill cleaned up very quickly. This has ‘stupid’ written all over it.

Are they taking a crisis and prolonging it to squeeze more and more out of it so 0bama can wail some more for his cap and trade agenda? I’d like to see this bit of silliness investigated, going as high up the ladder until the buck stops. But with the 0bama regime and the current ruling class in the Congress, this investigation would get stonewalled and go nowhere. I can only hope that this will be added to the list I saw here several weeks ago of interesting things for the next Congress to investigate. This highlights the necessity to get a good strong class of conservatives in Congress instead of the wilting flowers and wannabe Dems that are afraid to get in there and look in the dark corners and find the monsters. I know we have some that will – but we need to get them some reinforcements.