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Originally posted by hippy2012
I just wanted to point out why exactly BP is in charge. When a disaster happens in this country the Stafford act is enabled which allocates funds to help with that disaster. It also allows for federal resources to be used in the disaster, ie FEMA. The big problem that they are having now is that the people that could be helping (FEMA, because it is their job) cannot without the entire crisis being on the tax payers dime. Once the Stafford acts gets invoked then it is all on the Federal Government. As of this moment BP is 100% in charge, I don't care what any talking heads on T.V. tell you. Granted, the U.S. government is aiding in this situation and probably putting fire under the BP executives to do what they need to do, the buck ultimately stops with them on this situation
Sec. 401. Procedure for Declaration (42 U.S.C. 5170)
All requests for a declaration by the President that a major disaster exists shall be made by the Governor of the affected State. Such a request shall be based on a finding that the disaster is of such severity and magnitude that effective response is beyond the capabilities of the State and the affected local governments and that Federal assistance is necessary. As part of such request, and as a prerequisite to major disaster assistance under this Act, the Governor shall take appropriate response action under State law and direct execution of the State's emergency plan. The Governor shall furnish information on the nature and amount of State and local resources which have been or will be committed to alleviating the results of the disaster, and shall certify that, for the current disaster, State and local government obligations and expenditures (of which State commitments must be a significant proportion) will comply with all applicable cost-sharing requirements of this Act. Based on the request of a Governor under this section, the President may declare under this Act that a major disaster or emergency exists.
Sec. 402. General Federal Assistance (42 U.S.C. 5170a)*
In any major disaster, the President may -
(1) direct any Federal agency, with or without reimbursement, to utilize its authorities and the resources granted to it under Federal law (including personnel, equipment, supplies, facilities, and managerial, technical, and advisory services) in support of State and local assistance response and recovery efforts, including precautionary evacuations;
(2) coordinate all disaster relief assistance (including voluntary assistance) provided by Federal agencies, private organizations, and State and local governments, including precautionary evacuations and recovery;
(3) provide technical and advisory assistance to affected State and local governments for -
(A) the performance of essential community services;
(B) issuance of warnings of risks and hazards;
(C) public health and safety information, including dissemination of such information;
(D) provision of health and safety measures;
(E) management, control, and reduction of immediate threats to public health and safety; and
(F) recovery activities, including disaster impact assessments and planning; (4) assist State and local governments in the distribution of medicine, food, and other consumable supplies, and emergency assistance; and
(5) provide accelerated Federal assistance and Federal support where necessary to save lives, prevent human suffering, or mitigate severe damage, which may be provided in the absence of a specific request and in which case the President
(A) shall, to the fullest extent practicable, promptly notify and coordinate with officials in a State in which such assistance or support is provided; and (B) shall not, in notifying and coordinating with a State under subparagraph (A), delay or impede the rapid deployment, use, and distribution of critical resources to victims of a major disaster.
Is LIDAR capabale of imaging the entire oil slick? Why haven't we seen it?
I know it can image solids very well, and can work on a gigantic scale, but I don't know how well or if it would pick up the oil throughout the water or not, and most likely not the gas (maybe?) , but it seems like it would, and it'd be a huge benefit for everyone to get a good idea of what this mess actually looks like.
And you can't say it'd cost too much to fly some planes or helicopters back and forth over the gulf scanning with technology we're already relatively familiar with...
"LIDAR: Light Detection And Ranging
-scanning infra-red laser
Laser reflections are detected at 100,000 measurements per second
...Laser reflection points, IMU and GPS data are combined, giving a point cloud with better than 5cm accuracy "