Originally posted by hawkiye
Someone should set up a website and start recruiting people to ship thier hay down there and people with boats etc. to take out and soak up oil with
it. At least if it washes up on the beach it will be easy to pick up just like sea weed.
Ok so anyone live near there want to get the ball rolling?
It is banned to the public to go to certain areas. Even US gov't is not interfering with helping using US Army corps on the cracks on the ocean
floor, and Bobby Jindal (LA Governor) had to get permission to put up a barrier (and didn't get the full length he asked for). Some out-of-work
fishermen know the areas of course and were helping on BP payroll, but BP did not give them respirators. I don't know how many people there were
total, but four of them went to the hospital with chest pains and shortness of breath, along with high blood pressure and headaches. I would imagine
it's not as simple as dumping hay on the shore or marches. The oil is not your regular oil as seen in that YT video. It's crude oil with some maybe
mixed with the dispersant. Once it's there, there must be a place for the crude oil hay to go. I doubt BP would allow joes from down south to help
out with their own methods anyway. If someone died, it would be a death on their clock.
They have their own "Unified Command" setup, and they have hired security guards from a company Wackenhut to secure a perimeter.
That said, as I was looking at this NYTimes article, it is clearly what appears to be the case - that workers aren't cleaning up. In fact, looking at
the picture, everyone is just standing there perfectly clean. Of course they could have simply photographed them before instead of after or during,
but either way, it does tend to support the speculation that they might have only been there for the cameras.
(see link below) Pic is on the left-hand side as a thumbnail; just click it.
pic is on the left
I also did hear, though, that BP was paying LA fishermen to clean up the spill, and that they got sick and were removed from the location to a
hospital for checkup. Symptoms included "nausea, high blood pressure, chest pain, headaches and shortness of breath." So, at least someone is trying
or tried to work to clean it up for sure, but they got sick. BP did not provide them with respirators and said that they were not needed.
Plutocracy, it seems. The worth of the company is greater than the US, so any hits should just go to Obama, who will just go down in history as a bad
President. So, it seems like BP is affording itself damage control.
Here is a link to a video of LA congressman C. Melancon actually in tears over it:
La. Congressman Breaks Down During Hearing