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While Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has been criticizing the administration for allowing red tape to delay spill cleanup efforts, CBS News points out that the governor has not deployed thousands of the National Guard troops available to help. Here’s CBS News:
What is it exactly you wanted him to do with the National Guard troops?
Please explain yourself.
To clean up or even be around spilled oil,you must have a 40 hour hazmat course.
That is 1 week of classroom.
NG soldiers can only be used if a natural disaster takes place.
A spill out in the ocean is not a disaster on land.
Then, other than trying to make a statement about a Republican Governor I don't see the purpose of this thread.
One area has seen the billions of dollars made by the supmajors invested in new technology to drill deeper and extract oil in harder to reach places, but not in mitigating the risk of a potential catastrophic failure. Hundreds of millions of dollars more have gone toward upgrading old technology: GPS, geology mapping software, sensors, wireless connectivity. Nothing, however, was spent to improve the “tools” used to cleanup oil spills, which were used in Alaska and the Gulf of Mexico in 1979.
Wall Street on the Gulf
The entire inept response to this crisis parallels Wall Street’s broken risk management system, with out-to-lunch government oversight that led to the bursting of the superinflated housing bubble of 2008. Like the investment banks, BP’s business model has been based on greed for profits, conducting operations as cheaply—not safely—as possible, with lax regulation that has been so contaminated by lobbyists that they couldn’t police their own industry, with no internal risk management controls in place.
First, it had to possess the ability to skim oil in a wide range of viscosities. Second, it had to do so without its pump being clogged. Third, it had to do it in high capacity in rough seas. The calm of the laboratory wouldn’t work in the oceans of the world.
The problem with today’s technology for cleaning an oil spill is that they don’t meet any one of those three critical criteria. ...And the wide range of viscosities has proved problematic for collecting oil, as BP and the U.S. government are now learning.
I asked the Euroskimmer inventor what is wrong with today’s oil recovery technology. He said that the Coast Guard’s skimmers are in fact nothing more than cutters towing “booms” and “sleds” with weirs that corral the floating spill at the slower-than-walking speed of 0.75 knots. Once oil is corraled, pumps are inserted to begin the separating process.
“Such old tools can’t possibly keep up with the magnitude of the Gulf blowout or the spreading of a giant oil spill,” he said.
And not when the source of the oil hasn’t been capped yet.