Skip to comments.BP Oil Spill: Against Gov. Jindal's Wishes, Crude-Sucking Barges Stopped by Coast Guard
Posted on 06/17/2010 4:24:50 PM PDT by Hoodat
Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state's oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor's wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore.
"It's the most frustrating thing," the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. "Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges."
Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP's oil as recently as Tuesday. 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.
"These barges work. You've seen them work. You've seen them suck oil out of the water," said Jindal.
So why stop now?
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This really is Obama’s fault. He is a pitifully poor manager.
The Obama Regime is INCOMPETENT. No one is really in charge this is Chaos and the Gov. is right to complain..... Obama should be made to answer for this stoppage NOW.... this minute,
IMPEACH THE INCOMPETENT PRESIDENT BEFORE HE GETS US ALL KILLED>
We must pray for deliverance from this evil evil man.
I seriously doubt that, but even if he did, I can't imagine that any of the Coast Guard personnel would actually fire on a citizen militia.
This is nasty.
Powder keg indeed.
Simple solution: staff the crude-suckers with illegals. No fed will come within 50 miles of them.
You mean someone else besides "the one" that gave the prime time speech the other night?
Barge Captain: See those fighter jets? They are Louisiana National Guard and they have orders to sink you Obama lackeys tubs if you dont move away in 10, 9, 8...
Fighter jets? In reality, a couple dozen random citizens brandishing their personal rifles with undetermined loadedness status, and a single picket sign reading "Louisiana Citizen Militia", would almost certainly be plenty to persuade the Coast Guard to back off. Add a single camera from a major media outlet, and I guarantee it would be plenty to persuade them to back off.
It's high time to start pushing back hard against federal government tyranny, and it would be greatly preferable to do it under the direction of a state governor, than just random citizens doing it on their own. This is a perfect scenario in which to start the process. There would be virtually no political opposition from the usual worshippers of federal government supremacy because their voter base consists almost entirely of enviromentalists who are (quite reasonably, for once) desperate to see this oil gushing disaster brought under control. From their point of view, if it saves one pelican, then a band of citizens pointing rifles at the Coast Guard and telling them to get lost is a good thing.
Ok. It’s official. The US federal government is not just incompetent, it’s insane.
Exactly. Jindal could secure plenty of votes for the next Presidential election from both the right and enviro-left, if he put out an official call to the citizen militia. And I guarantee not a single shot would need to be fired to get the job done. How many thousands of gallons of oil didn't get sucked up, on account of this 24 hour work stoppage?
Economy crash just before Obama's election - which leads to "financial reform" and industry takeovers.
Swine Flu "epidemic" just before passage of the health bill.
Oil platform explosion and an out-of-control oil spill just before the Cap and Trade Bill gets through Congress.
...I think we're ALL smelling some rats here. We're being played for fools.
The state should make it a state crime with a penalty of death to interfere with it’s cleanup operations... And then shoot the SOBs.
A quick pitstop at WalMart could have gotten everything needed. Meanwhile the oil continues gushing as the feds keep stalling.
The Feds attacked the Waco people after 51 days and 87 men, women, and children died as a result.
I don't think so. He very much needs the votes of the young environmentalist leftists, and they're growing more disillusioned with each day that features more oil-covered wildlife dead and dying. I think he just has no clue what to do.
Personally I thought all the hand-wringing over his spending "only" 20 minutes meeting with the BP CEO was idiotic. 20 minutes was 20 too many in my opinion -- what the heck is going to be accomplished by President Obama, who knows nothing whatsoever about oil wells, meeting with the CEO of BP? On the other, he could have made much better use of that 20 minutes by using it to ensure that senior staff would be reachable and prepared to respond 24/7 whenever anyone as important as the Governor of a Gulf state called. That would have been a proper function of the CEO of the United States of America; meaningless yakking with an oil company CEO accomplished absolutely nothing that couldn't have been accomplished by senior staffers trading e-mailed memos on their respective bosses' behalf.
It's certainly very harmful to President Obama's political prospects to have outlets like ABC News publishing stories quoting governors of Gulf states complaining that the federal government is being of no help whatosever, and even actively interfering, and quoting Jindal as saying he "tried" to reach the White House in an unsuccessful attempt to stop the Coast Guard from interrupting the operation of oil-sucking barges.
I hope he has someone documenting ever issue that Zero has stalled and made the situation worse.
Sorry, Bobby, that's a FAIL on your part. As many have said, you should have told the Coast Guard to respectfully "F**K OFF!" and called in your state militia to protect the barges while they continued their work.
Calling Uncle BO in Washington to tell the Coast Guard to stand down made it even worse. Did you really think he'd be there for you? Do you not understand that these sorts of orders come from the very top?
FAIL, Bobby, FAIL. Do not even think of running for president anytime soon. You need to grow a pair, first.
BP and the US played the odds and lost - big time.
Does anyone imagine that Conservatives benefit from Barton apologizing to BP?
There is Obama stupid, and then there is really stupid.
Yes, but the child-molesting cultists in Waco didn’t have the have the political support of tens of millions of American voters. Any and all serious efforts to mitigate the environmental damage from this oil gusher DO have that support, and have it from all points across the political spectrum, especially the young environment-obsessed left, which was a critical voting block in getting President Obama into the White House, and will certainly be needed if he’s going to get back in the White House for another 4 year stint.
Dear Reader sent the coast guard to harass the Governor just like he sent the shock troopers to march around and harass the grannies at the Tea Party.
Paging Gov. Jindal:
Station Louisiana State Patrol officers outside of every CG base and housing area and ticket like there’s no tomorrow for every minor infraction.
The commies will have their crisis. Don’t try to get in the way of it.
They require suffering.
And they certainly wouldn’t want to give a Republican an edge in all of this.
Look. Just stop reading this stuff, get to work and pay your taxes. nobama wants you to shut up. All praise nobama. Just think...all these emergencies and crises and nobama is probably sitting tonight eating expensive beef, smoking ciggies and drinking beer in the white house watching the NBA final game. Life is good if you are king. The so-called “man” is a feckless oscitant.
FWIW, somethin' tells me that what we've got here just ain't the Coast Guard ol' Tonk knew and loved, and right about now, given his vantage point away up in the crow's nest, I'm pretty sure he knows that better 'n' we do.
The feds better watch their collective asses.
Things happen in the swamp at night.
Those boys down there know their territory.
Yeahbut NOT like with Bill Clinton. [rimshot]
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Fire extinguishers and lifevests....
If I were Bobby, I'd grab hold of Thad Allen and cuss him a blue streak over this nonsense!!!!!!!!!
Good work pinpointing the bureaucratic link to the physical sabotage mechanism. I was wondering how the whole thing was implemented.
So now, assuming a major oil/"carbon" disaster was desired to shove through captrade, we have 1) knowledge of massive drilling pressures in gulf oil drilling; and 2) the bureaucratic mechanism necessary to unleash those pressures in the name of "protecting the environment."
It fits how they think - they love to make the assassin the bodyguard. It gives these sadistic morons shivers to contemplate how brilliant they believe such a cover story is.
It's becoming clearer that Obama WANTS the ecological disaster to continue, and worsen.
The thing you are not understanding is, this is going exactly to Obama's plan.
When in the course of human events...
The Obama Regime does not want anyone or anything to clean up the oil. The longer this goes on and the worse the problem gets, the easier it will be for the Democrats to cram their will down our throats.
I think it’s going exactly according to Obama’s handlers’ plan.
I had to look up oscitant, LOL. Yes he is.
Only someone who was focused on helping would come up with that.
I think more and more people are starting to notice that.
The Louisiana Blockade is now in place.
Obama is supposed to be in charge. Doesn’t he command the USCG?????
Yep, that’s my vote. I don’t expect him to work miracles — this is a crappy situation, and he no more caused it than President Bush II caused the 9/11 attacks, but he’s not even competently fulfilling basic executive functions in ways that could at least modestly mitigate the impact. He might as well just go play golf all day every day, for all the impact he’s had on managing this disaster.
Screw the life jackets. Get your ass out of the way!! Obama is political history!! BP is NOT the problem it is these damned DEMOCRATS!! Stop this madness!!! Skim the oil and screw the JONES ACT . The Environmentalists caused this by pushing drilling that far out. Obama personally approved this drilling. All we have is this grand standing Democrat Congress. God bless Joe Barton and these weak Republicans telling him to apologize better watch their political ASS.