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53 Days Later

June 17, 2010

This is just depressing.

CHANGE! 53 Days Later Obama Administration Decides to Accept Dutch Offer to Help With Spill

Remember: The Gulf Oil Spill Is Like 9-11

Three days after the Gulf oil rig explosion, the Netherlands offered to send in oil skimmers to pump oil off of the surface of the ocean. The Obama Administration turned them down because they were not 100% efficient and small amounts of oil would be pumped back into the Gulf with the excess water. EPA regulations do not allow for residue water to contain any oil. So rather than use equipment that was not 100% efficient the Obama Administration chose to let all of the oil run into the Gulf.

This is not just bad policy, it is criminal.

Since the Obama Administration turned down assistance from The Netherlands at least 125 miles of Louisiana coastline has been ruined by the BP oil spill. Tar blobs began washing up on Florida’s white sand beaches near Pensacola days ago. And, crude oil has also been reported along barrier islands in Alabama and Mississippi.

Clean-up workers pick up blobs of oil in absorbent snare on Queen Bess Island at the mouth of Barataria Bay near the Gulf of Mexico in Plaquemines Parish, La., Friday, June 4, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

The Examiner reported, via Free Republic:

The U.S. Government has apparently reconsidered a Dutch offer to supply 4 oil skimmers. These are large arms that are attached to oil tankers that pump oil and water from the surface of the ocean into the tanker. Water pumped into the tanker will settle to the bottom of the tanker and is then pumped back into the ocean to make room for more oil. Each system will collect 5,000 tons of oil each day.

One ton of oil is about 7.3 barrels. 5,000 tons per day is 36,500 barrels per day. 4 skimmers have a capacity of 146,000 barrels per day. That is much greater than the high end estimate of the leak. The skimmers work best in calm water, which is the usual condition this time of year in the gulf.

These systems were developed by the Dutch as a safety system in case of oil spills from either wells or tankers. The Dutch have off shore oil development and also import oil in tankers. Their economy, just like ours, runs on oil. They understand that the production and use of oil has dangers and they wanted to be ready to cope with problems like spills. The Dutch system has been used successfully in Europe.

The Dutch offered to fly their skimmer arm systems to the Gulf 3 days after the oil spill started. The offer was apparently turned down because EPA regulations do not allow water with oil to be pumped back into the ocean. If all the oily water was retained in the tanker, the capacity of the system would be greatly diminished because most of what is pumped into the tanker is sea water.

As of June 8th, BP reported that they have collected 64,650 barrels of oil in the Gulf. That is only a fraction of the amount of oil spilled from the well. That is less than one day’s rated capacity of the Dutch oil skimmers.

Turning down the Dutch skimmers just shows a total lack of leadership in the oil spill.

The Obama Administration turned down offers to help clean up the spill from The Netherlands and the British Government just days after the explosion. They didn’t accept the British help because they didn’t have the proper paperwork. The administration still has not given the OK to allow emergency workers to use a Maine company’s oil boom even though they were made aware of the warehouse full of containment boom back on May 21.

At least this is change I can believe in. Obama CHANGING his mind. Un-fucking-believable.

5 Comments leave one →
  1. June 17, 2010 3:48 am

    I love how Bush follows the rules and doesn’t make a corrupt idiotic system in La. evacuate and suddenly he’s a racist hell-bent on destroying New Orleans and not helping anyone. While his reaction needed to be bigger and he needed to just say fuck you to the La. government, he was following the rules in the end. There’s only so much that could have been done after the hurricane hit.

    But now that The Anointed One refuses to clean up the Gulf, no one is saying a fucking thing. This is fucking disgusting.

    • June 17, 2010 3:52 pm

      Well, almost 60 days after the start of this thing, people are finally starting to show their outrage. Believe it or not, it’s also being directed towards the right people. Most people aren’t angry with BP. Most people understand that BPs hands are tied, but they really are trying their best. I mean, you try working “AROUND” the Government. “Snot an easy thing to do.

      I really do wish Bush would give BarryO a call and tell him how it is. Somebody needs to. I agree, Bush should have given LA’s government a swift kick in the nads, because the way they handled that shit was unacceptable. UNACCEPTABLE. But, the time for pinning blame wasn’t IMMEDIATELY AFTER the hurricane. First, you take care of what needs to be done – clean up, rebuild, do what we can for the citizens.. and when things start to settle down, THEN you can worry about the “blame game”. BarryO has taken the opposite approach. He blames, waits for response, blames, waits, blames, plays golf, blames, vacations, waits, blames, vacations, golfs, waits… blames… and finally acts. AND HE’S DOING A PISS POOR JOB at “ACTING”.

      This is disgusting. I don’t even know what to think anymore. Well, I guess I do. We pick up and carry on. Push forward. Bootstraps and all. Because we are Americans and we don’t just piss around.

      • June 17, 2010 7:00 pm

        See that’s what Obama’s fucking doing.
        He’s “looking for whose ass to kick” while he’s off on Oahu for ANOTHER fucking vacation. Probably there just to visit the racist grandmother that raised him. What an asshole.

        Has there ever been a president in our nation’s history that has taken this many vacations? I mean, he’s in office for a week and he flies off on his private jet to Hawaii because he’s tired from all the campaigning? REALLY!?

  2. Sarah Baram permalink
    June 17, 2010 3:17 pm

    I don’t know why our government seems to have so much pride that we can’t just accept help. If President Obama had taken the skimmers from the Dutch in the first place, this spill would have been a blip. Well, now it’s dominating media coverage and the blabbering of all American conversations. Was it really worth it?

    • June 17, 2010 3:46 pm

      NOTHING is worth all of this. I don’t care what it is. This is beyond comprehension for a lot of people. Seriously. I talk to people who have no idea how big this is, when it started, what’s (not) being done to fix it, or the threat it poses to… well, everything. Wetlands, fishing industries, oil, the economy, lives, health… Nobody did this out of spite. This wasn’t some kind of terror attack where we have to “watch our backs”. People are genuinely interested in HELPING. Both Americans and people from other countries. Seems like the only people who aren’t all that interested are the people who have all of the say in the matter.


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