Wednesday, July 7, 2010

Incompetence rising to the level of criminality? Here’s a suggestion, how about impaneling a grand jury or two?

Everyday brings more revelations it seems. So many I can’t keep up with them, and
I’d bet most of my viewers here feel the same way. This Gulf Oil Spill just keeps
going and going, like 1979’s Ixtoc disaster, and the news keeps getting worse and
worse. Today I read that oil sheen and tarballs have now reached Lake Ponchartrain.

We have heard already the initial spill estimates of 1,000 barrels a day go up to -
what is it now, 35,000 to possibly 60,000 barrels now- I think I read somewhere that
it’s like an Exxon Valdez spill every 4-5 days, as far as the amount escaping. Remember,
at first the feds were going off BP’s numbers, until the sheer number and validity of
scientific estimates from others finally forced them to own up to truth.

Why don’t you read this article about the amazing technological advances in the drilling
process, read about the new sensor systems,etc and after looking this info over, see if
you still think the government didn’t know how off those spill numbers were from the
very beginning.
The article is entitled” Hitting the bulls eye miles under the gulf” from
the New York Times yesterday. With this level of technology available just for the drill
pipe, it doesn’t make an sense that they couldn’t have got the spill data right.

I’m no lawyer but it seems to me there should be a case against the Minerals Management
Service somewhere in the leasing and permitting process. But wait, there’s more. Waiting
off-stage is the next player in this modern day farce and tragedy.

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the next player to be introduced.

This next link was so troubling to this blogger that up to now I admit to only skimming over it at first. The first time I looked at it, I shut my laptop down about 3 or 4 paragraphs in, I was so distressed.

Astonishingly this agency considered only spills of 1,000 to 15,000 barrels a day and
rated the chances of an oil spill reaching habitat areas at 27%. The incompetence here
is truly awe inspiring and even breathtaking. And speaking of incompetence and yes,
idiocy allow me to introduce Deborah Fuller at the Lafayette, Louisiana FWS branch
who led the team analyzing the project. She said any spill possibility under 50% meant
in so many words, they didn’t have to get involved- my paraphrasing here. Why hasn’t
she walked the plank along with her whole team? Don’t they get it, they didn’t want
to get involved, didn’t want to rock the boat, disrupt the cozy status quo with the
oil companies and Minerals Management, and now the Gulf of Mexico may be ruined for our lifetimes and generations into the future. Get it, flip a coin, heads or
tails coming up is 50%, you dig?
At least MMS made an attempt at trying to rate the
spill danger, per the article.

I wonder, Ms. Fuller, do you sleep well at night? How many sea birds have you cleaned up? Look in the mirror and see a large part of why this country is in the shape it’s in now. Thanks a whole lot. And by the way, I don’t think this was
incompetence, I think we need a federal grand jury impaneled right now, is
Patrick Fitzgerald available?

Did you guys read my earlier post with the CNN video pointing out the survival rate
for those folks who did the Alaska cleanup? May I humbly suggest Ms. Fuller and
her whole staff that participated in the 2007 decision be reassigned to oil
cleanup duty for the duration, under the control of BP, so there won’t be any

This is it, I’ve had it up to here with the “non”response and incompetence of this process. I hope somewhere, maybe in Mississippi or Louisiana, a local prosecutor
gets involved, maybe a “runaway grand jury” is just what’s needed to put the
fear into these jackasses, sorry I mean bureaucrats.

You know what they say about money being a motivator, well, let me tell you the absolute
most powerful motivator is sheer physical fear,such as fear of being subpoenaed in front of
a grand jury, or being frog marched out of the office,cuffed and paraded in front of
the television cameras.

What a bunch of incompetent, egotistical, lazy, arrogant jackasses.

If you think I’m wrong, I’d love to hear from you.


Folks, if this post touches you in any way, no matter how small, please forward it
to friends or family, especially if they live in the Gulf Coast region, who knows maybe a local prosecutor will read this missive and act. Action not talk is needed.
Not just cleanup or working on the well, judicial action is needed right now, in this
blogger’s opinion, a little extra grease for the squeaky wheel, so to speak.

Unless you feel the executive and legislative “action” is all that’s needed.

Thank you, Morongobill

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