Louisiana Marsh Disaster

Posted on May 25, 2010

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This is just one more example of how quickly things can go so very wrong. BP cannot cap the well. They will try one more time. But even when it does get capped it will do nothing to remedy the more important problem. The oil is now hitting the coast. And there is at least 30 days of oil still out there waiting to come ashore. And where are we now? The EPA is now doing testing on a dispersant that is safe to use. It wants BP to using what they are now using because of environmental concerns. Now!! Now you want to test for a replacement? NOW you want to speak out against the dispersant that you always knew BP was going to use. It may be possible that the EPA didn’t know. But then they would have to admit that they didn’t read the filed plan for this disaster. But in defense of the EPA maybe there was no plan to read. But common sense would make any sane person think that they had to have a plan to deal with this. But then again even if there was no plan you’d think the EPA would already have a list of chemical dispersants they would use that would safe for the environment. But then again this whole argument is not going to count for much because by the time they find one it will be to late. It’s already to late. And why didn’t the Federal Government take charge of the cleanup and leave BP in charge of capping the well? This disaster has the potential to become much more wide spread than most of us think. The oil can get caught in current flows and easily make it’s way to the Florida Keys and beyond. The amount of wildlife lost in LA alone could be on such a grand scale that it may never recover. From shrimp to fish to sea mammals and birds, with this amount of oil they may never recover. Their living and breeding habitats could be lost for years to come. Twenty plus years after the Exxon Valdez oil spill we are still no farther along in the handling of catastrophic oil spills.  And again, one would thing with all the government agencies involved in that disaster that by now we would at least have some idea as to what to do if it would ever happen again. Instead we are fumbling through this like children trying to launch the space shuttle. Pointing fingers at on another and making threats, but not having a real plan or any knowledge how to take charge and get it done. The time to test and decide on a safe dispersant is long past. At some point in all of this it will be rendered useless and ineffective. The time to make a quick decision on what type of equipment to use has also past. We are standing around deciding what to do, but the oil has been moving forward everyday. It is really time for someone to decide what the plan of attack is going to be. You have an endless amount of fisherman and others that will do anything to help to preserve their way of life. At this point doing something is better than discussing what to do or pointing fingers at someone and telling them to do more. Where is the leadership? Where is the sense of urgency? Where is the plan? We had to learn something from the Exxon Valdez disaster. But in truth, it seems like we learned nothing. And even as you read this millions of gallons of oil are still coming out of that well.

You can blame anyone you want for the disaster. But not being prepared and not having a response plan rest solely on the Government. After 30 days, not taking over and protecting the land from the oil in again resting squarely  on the Federal Government. The real question is, how will they respond when something else happens? Maybe there is no answer to what is happening in the gulf right now. But the lack of a clear and decisive plan is very telling. Whatever the cost and whomever was going to pay for the cost should never have been a concern,  everything humanly possible should have been done to stop the oil from hitting the coastline. This disaster should have never happened. And all possible steps to prevent it from happening again should be taken. And even then it will not excuse the lack of having a plan and the lack of immediate response we have seen here. We did have time to stop the oil from hitting the coast. We did have time to protect some areas along the coast. We even had time to decide what to do if the oil hit the coast. You can say it anyway you like. But here we are and the oil is on the coast.

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