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ROBERT, La. – Anger grew along the Gulf Coast as an ooze of oil washed into delicate coastal wetlands in Lousiana, with residents questioning the federal government and others wondering how to clean up the monthlong mess that worsens with each day. "It's difficult to clean up when you haven't stopped the source," said Chris Roberts, a councilman for Jefferson Parish, which stretches from the New Orleans metropolitan area to the coast. "You can scrape it off the beach but it's coming right back." Roberts surveyed the oil that forced officials to close a public beach on Grand Isle, south of New Orleans, as globs of crude that resembled melted chocolate washed up. Others questioned why BP PLC was still in charge of the response.
"The government should have stepped in and not just taken BP's word," declared Wayne Stone of Marathon, Fla., an avid diver who worries about the spill's effect on the ecosystem. The government is overseeing the cleanup and response, but the official responsible for the oversight said he understands the discontent.
As simple as it may seem, the law prevents the government from just taking over, Allen said. After the 1989 Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, Congress dictated that oil companies be responsible for dealing with major accidents — including paying for all cleanup — with oversight by federal agencies.
"If anybody is frustrated with this response, I would tell them their symptoms are normal, because I'm frustrated, too," said Coast Guard Commandant Thad Allen. "Nobody likes to have a feeling that you can't do something about a very big problem."
BP, which is in charge of the cleanup, said it will be at least Tuesday before engineers can shoot mud into the blown-out well at the bottom of the Gulf, yet another delay in the effort to stop the oil. A so-called "top kill" has been tried on land but never 5,000 feet underwater, so scientists and engineers have spent the past week preparing and taking measurements to make sure it will stop the oil that has been spewing into the sea for a month. They originally hoped to try it as early as this weekend. BP spokesman Tom Mueller said there was no snag in the preparations, but that the company must get equipment in place and finish tests before the procedure can begin.
Originally posted by TheRoadLessTraveled
At this point the only thing Louisiana people can do is file a class action lawsuit. Unfortunately, knowing that gov't and big business sleep together, so damages will be capped at a Snickers bar and a glass of milk.
I was in my senior year in HS in 1969 and well remember the oil spill. Having been a surfer and enjoyed California Beaches all my life,,I will never forget feeling of pure sickening dread as the oil piled up on our beautiful California beaches. Incoming tides brought the corpses of dead seals and dolphins. Oil had clogged the blowholes of the dolphins, causing massive lung hemorrhages. Animals that ingested the oil were poisoned. In the months that followed, gray whales migrating to their calving and breeding grounds in Baja California avoided the channel ?their main route south. It was sickening and heart breaking. Thousand of us--students, citizens, home owners, residents..and non residents came to help, (met some Canadians who had come to help), buisness owners, rich people, poor people, young and old came out to help. I remember working along side a very large Mexican (at least 30)family..I spoke some spanish so was able to communicate with them. They had a very eldery couple...bending over, gently gathering birds for washing,,,and several little children..also helping... I got that they were visiting a very large family reunion and had driven up from San Diego to help..camping out in their cars for days..just to add their hands to the volunteer efforts.
My hert goes out to the residents of the gulf coast and again I want to scream....WHY HAS THIS HAPPENED??? WHY AGAIN????