Coast Guard stops skimmers from sucking up gulf oil

The Obama administration wouldn't issue a waiver on the Jones Act so that foreign built ships could clean up the spill. Now they have used the Coast Guard to harass and stop the ships that Gov. Bobby Jindal was using.

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. . . .

And this is the obviously bizarre reason.

But 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. . . .

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Blogger Unknown said...

My guess is that they weren't union. Do you think that the extortion money from BP will go to unions first? I do.

6/19/2010 12:54 AM  

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