If there is a unified and coordinated effort in the Gulf, few people have apparently witnessed it. You know the travails of Louisiana – skimmer barges shut down for fire extinguisher and life vest inspections. Barrier island construction shut down because a federal agency wants them moved 2 miles further out.
In Alabama, Gov. Bob Riley says everything is being done “by committee” and no one is in charge while every agency seems to have absolute veto power. High water booms he’d requested specifically for the AL coast were finally found and before they could be deployed were inexplicably moved elsewhere.
Now comes the turn of Mississippi. Oil is headed for the beaches and as one critic says, it just doesn’t have to happen. Rep Gene Taylor got off of a flight over the area angry:
“It’s criminal what’s going on out there,” Taylor said minutes later. “This doesn’t have to happen.” A scientist onboard, Mike Carron with the Northern Gulf Institute, said with this scenario, there will be oil on the beaches of the mainland.
“There’s oil in the Sound and there was no skimming,” Carron said. “No coordinated effort.”
He’s right – it doesn’t have to happen. We’ve been told ad nauseum that the federal government has the containment situation in hand having been on the job since “day one”. Obviously that’s fiction. After a couple of trips to shore up his image, President Obama is back to the routine of golf vs. crisis management.
But Mississippi apparently is going to suffer the same fate as Louisiana and Alabama. No booms, no skimmer, no coordinated effort.
There were dozens of boats of all sizes running around, some leaving trails through the sheen. Two boats among a group near Ship Island were pulling boom in a line, but not using it to round up oil. That was at 10 a.m.
Taylor slipped a note to a fellow passenger.
It said: “I’m having a Katrina flashback. I haven’t seen this much stupidity, wasted effort, money and wasted resources, since then.”
Back on land in Gulfport, Taylor let loose.
“A lot of people are getting paid to say, ‘Look! There’s oil’ and not doing anything about it,” Taylor said. “There shouldn’t be a drop of oil in the Sound. There are enough boats running around.
“Nobody’s in charge,” Taylor said. “Everybody’s in charge, so no one’s in charge.
“If the president can’t find anyone who can do this job,” he said, “let me do it.”
Taylor, for those who are wondering, is a Democrat.
The administration likes to refer to the oil leak as a “man-caused disaster”.
So far the administration’s efforts at containment, well into 60 days now, has been as much of a man-caused disaster as the leak. And, as Rep. Taylor notes, it doesn’t have to be that way.