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Feds once again undermining Louisiana's efforts to protect itself from the oil spill

No matter what the local officials in Louisiana do to prevent the oil and sludge from destroying its coastline and marshlands, the Feds immediately swoop in and sabotage their efforts. Here's the latest:

The federal government is shutting down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.

The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done.

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who was one of the most vocal advocates of the dredging plan, has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, pleading for the work to continue.

Nungesser said the government has asked crews to move the dredging site two more miles farther off the coastline.

"Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil," Nungesser wrote to Obama. "Furthermore, with the threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, we are being put at an increased risk for devastation to our area from the intrusion of oil.

You can read Nungesser's letter here.


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Comments (16)

I get the feeling if they'd... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

I get the feeling if they'd set up in the other place for dredging they'd be wanting the dredgers to move to the site they're at now.

I wonder how long it'll be before the BP relief wells are stopped in order to make sure the rigs are safe?

Jindal should tell the gove... (Below threshold)
TexBob:

Jindal should tell the government to stop trying to destroy his coastline and to go pound sand.

"We're from the government ... (Below threshold)
Gmac:

"We're from the government and we're here to help."

I get the distinct impression that they are not there to help unless its a fedco operation.

I would say that the Feds s... (Below threshold)
hermie:

I would say that the Feds stopped it because LA wasn't using the 'proper' personnel ie: union labor and Americorps members.

This idiocy would come to a... (Below threshold)
Stan:

This idiocy would come to a screeching halt if there was a Democrat running the state of Louisiana. Barry would have called in the Navy to do the heavy lifting.

How long are the American p... (Below threshold)
Zelsdorf Ragshaft III:

How long are the American people going to put up with this farse of a President? This government has an agenda and it is not one which the American people want. I wonder if this accident in the gulf was really an accident.

I wonder if this acciden... (Below threshold)
Stan:

I wonder if this accident in the gulf was really an accident.

I have been wondering that from day the day that the explosion occurred. Seems mighty strange that a rig would blow up when it was being completed. We all know that Barry has been getting a lot of flak from the eco-terrorists that insist that drilling is very hostile to their agenda. They couldn't stop the drilling in the courts, so they resorted to sabotage to further the agenda.

Now this is beyond belief!<... (Below threshold)
Hank:

Now this is beyond belief!
This seems like a deliberate attempt to make the disaster worse.


Yep, Barrys up to his shena... (Below threshold)
914:

Yep, Barrys up to his shenanigan's alright. It smelled like a takeover from day one and now Barry can have his back nine and own BP too. Something very on purpose about all this and its called "community agitation".

OK Lee, come out of your ho... (Below threshold)
SShiell:

OK Lee, come out of your hole and defend this one!

The cap's off the wellhead.... (Below threshold)
JLawson:

The cap's off the wellhead.

The containment system capturing oil from the Gulf of Mexico spill had to be removed Wednesday, leaving the gusher unchecked after a collision involving a robotic submarine, US officials said.

How in the hell do you knock off a steel cap, with a mile-long string of pipe on top of it weighing who knows how much, with a 500-lb ROV going maybe a mile an hour?

Maybe the cap was so flimsy that being bumped dented it, so they had to pull it off and send it to MAACO to get the dents pounded out and a nice pearl-white paint job applied?

WTF is going on?


Um, <a href="http://www.fox... (Below threshold)
upnorthlurkin:

Um, this article from Monday indicates trouble with Deepwater started and was reported TO Obey-me's peeps February 13th!! I'm not sure it still qualifies as an accident, but it sure as helk moves "We've been on the job since day one" back a couple weeks.....No wonder Bam bam's so tired....he hasn't slept since February 13th!!

"This seems like a delibera... (Below threshold)
alanstorm:

"This seems like a deliberate attempt to make the disaster worse."

That's because it is. If the spill is contained and the clean-up is effective, then the administration and its accomplices lose the opportunity to harp on how dangerous and evil oil is, and how we all need to get behind the "green energy" scam.

The current administration thinks that we use petroleum products as fuel for arbitrary reasons. The fact that it's both an energy source and a storage medium, is portable, and contains more energy per volume than any other commonly-available liquid fuel is completely immaterial to them.

They don't care. They believe that we can derive all our energy from unicorn farts, because that's the way it SHOULD be. The real world is just SO uncooperative...

"How in the hell do you ... (Below threshold)
914:

"How in the hell do you knock off a steel cap, with a mile-long string of pipe on top of it weighing who knows how much, with a 500-lb ROV going maybe a mile an hour?

Maybe the cap was so flimsy that being bumped dented it, so they had to pull it off and send it to MAACO to get the dents pounded out and a nice pearl-white paint job applied?

WTF is going on?"


Drunk driving? This whole thing is all way too fishy. They will never plug it and I dont see how another well is going to stop this one from gushing? Its just going to be another escape point for crude.


"WTF is going on?"--... (Below threshold)
SillyPuddy:

"WTF is going on?"
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I don't know, but the story we're getting doesn't add up.

"Feds once again undermi... (Below threshold)
914:

"Feds once again undermining Louisiana's efforts to protect itself from the oil spill"


Barry's just diggin up bones.





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