Skip to comments.Rep Issa’s report on the Gulf cleanup (total scam with phantom skimmers, phantom assets)
Posted on 07/01/2010 12:47:54 PM PDT by dennisw
Issas report on the Gulf cleanup
By: David Freddoso
Online Opinion Editor
07/01/10 1:10 PM EDT
The full PDF is available here. The report asserts that federal officials have exaggerated the cleanup effort, falsely represented the placement of cleanup assets, and misrepresented what they knew and when on the official White House timeline of events. It also asserts what many on the Left have long maintained, that the White House has been excessively deferential to BP since the spill began, and its not clear down there who is in charge.
The White House blog details a number of assets deployed in the region to combat the spill. This includes vessels, boom, and dispersant. The number of assets claimed, however, does not appear to match what is actually in the field. Parish officials maintain that the thousands of vessels cited in the blog are non-existent. One senior official refers to them as phantom assets. When asked to elaborate, he explained that when he asks the federal government to provide the location of the assets, it either refuses or cannot do so. Daily helicopter search grids performed by the Parish sheriffs department confirm to him that very few of the assets claimed are deployed.
This is corroborated by Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who shared a similar story with investigators. BP and Coast Guard provided Mr. Nungesser with a map of the Gulf allegedly pinpointing the exact locations of 140 skimmers cleaning up oil. Sensing that the chart may have been somewhat inaccurate, Mr. Nungesser requested a flyover of the assets for verification. After three cancelled trips, officials admitted to Mr. Nungesser that only 31 of the 140 skimmers were ever deployed. The rest were sitting at the docks. According to Mr. Nungesser, the chart appeared to have been fabricated.
Im still going through this, but if youre wondering why Louisiana residents frown on the federal governments action in this crisis even more than they do on the response to Hurricane Katrina, this will give you a pretty good idea.
Methinks that beginning in January, Rep. Issa is going to be the busiest guy in Washington. His chairing of hearings dealing with the corruption being perpetrated by this 0bama Regime will keep his 2011 calendar filled.
I have wondered, more and more as time goes on, whether BP's primary interest is stopping the flow of oil, or preserving it as a financial asset. I know nothing about the business of drilling for oil beyond what I've learned through reading over the past couple of months, but in my layman's mind I still don't understand why a valve cannot be affixed to the top of the gushing pipe, then closed.
Pres. Obama is unable to deal with this crisis. He has shown a lack of leadership.
Pres. Obama is unable to deal with this crisis. He has shown a lack of leadership.>>>>>>>>>>>
At any given moment he might be
-a total incompetent
-a Kenyan saboteur
- a low down liar
You take your pick
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