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Federal bureaucracy stops oil skimmers in Louisiana

Big government…ya gotta love it.  Or not.

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?

“The Coast Guard came and shut them down,” Jindal said. “You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, ‘Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.'”

A Coast Guard representative told ABC News today that it shares the same goal as the governor.

“We are all in this together. The enemy is the oil,” said Coast Guard Lt. Cmdr. Dan Lauer.

The Coast Guard ordered the stoppage because of reasons that Jindal found frustrating. The Coast Guard needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board, and then it had trouble contacting the people who built the barges.

Glad to see the Coast Guard’s got its priorities straight.  They finally gave the green light, after more than 24 hours of delay.

With the feds bungling the oil spill response daily (if not hourly), doesn’t it warm the cockles of your heart knowing that they want to manage our health care with the same level of efficiency?

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June 18, 2010 - Posted by | big government, oil

1 Comment »

  1. Oh look the goverment shits down the oil skimmers so what do the green nit-wits think of their beloved president no specialy to GREENPEACE

    Comment by SPURWING PLOVER | April 12, 2011


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