Maine factory owner begs feds: Why aren’t you buying the oil barriers I’m churning out?

posted at 9:01 pm on June 8, 2010 by Allahpundit

He figured there’d be a demand so he started cranking out a supply, and … crickets.

He’s already had a representative from BP visit his factory and inspect his product. The governor of Maine, John Baldacci, visited the facility and made a video plea to no one in particular to close the deal. Maine Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins wrote a letter on May 21 to the secretary of the Interior, the administrator of NOAA, and the commandant of the Coast Guard to alert them to the existence of Packgen, their supply of boom, and their demonstrated capacity to make more. I have no idea if those are the correct persons and agencies to notify about the manufacturing capacity and the availability of boom. One wonders if the senators know…

The ASTM specifications for containment boom aren’t rocket science, and Lapoint’s business was used to dealing with that sort of thing. So Lapoint took a chance and started manufacturing oil boom, figuring that Packgen would be able to sell it to help in the containment and cleanup effort. He added shifts and employees, and started cranking out the oil boom right away. It was a big financial risk — and he knew that — but he also figured that in an emergency of that magnitude, you had to act quickly, and figured that BP and the federal government would have to act quickly as well, and every single foot of boom he could make would be useful and in immediate demand.

He figured wrong.

Watch the clip (both clips, actually). Lapointe seems to be under the impression that he’s stuck waiting for BP to approve a purchase, but that can’t be true, can it? Surely the feds can step in and buy as much boom as they want. They’re still the ones in charge of protecting the coastline, aren’t they? Or has Kickass now farmed out that task to a guy he won’t even talk to on the phone? Remember, Jindal was demanding millions of feet of boom just a week or so after the rig exploded and, as of May 24, was still millions of feet short. I sure hope we’re going to find out tomorrow that Packgen’s material simply isn’t equal to the task and needs to be rejected, because if it turns out this is purely a matter of red tape — and if BP’s new claim that it’s ready to capture “virtually all” of the remaining oil doesn’t pan out — then Jim Hoft’s Katrina school-bus comparison is going to be awfully popular awfully soon.

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“Can’t I just me eat my waffle”.

The Ping Pong President is the worst president in history.

dthorny on June 8, 2010 at 10:31 PM

I still say Green would have been marketing genius…

KZnextzone on June 8, 2010 at 10:31 PM

IMO they arent buying the boom for the same reason they arent doing a hundred other things

they arent MITIGATING the damage

they are CALCULATING the payoffs and who(m) to sue

horrible. This what comes of having community organizer as POTUS, shakedown artist not mitigation expert

ginaswo on June 8, 2010 at 10:37 PM

There is one obvious problem with this product, the company producing it has not been 8A certified and is not located in a qualified economically disadvantaged business area – in other words… is too white.

Only purchases from qualified 8A or disadvantaged business can meet the accelerated acquisition schedules of this crisis. We expect to release a request for information to qualified companies on an accelerated scheduled within the next few months with selection and contracts expected to be awarded in 1ST quarter 2011 and initial delivery of testable product in small quantities anticipated by no later than 2012.

This program is expected to produce no less than 30 new 8A millionaires in 12 disadvantaged business zones (cities).

Who said there is “no reason” for the delay?

Unquiet on June 8, 2010 at 10:38 PM

Dont know where the Arcadia parrish is but I just emailed Gov Jindal and told him to buy the boom and make a video of it. Facebooked it too. This “never let an emergency go to waste” garbage MUST STOP NOW.

Since Senators Snowe and Collins told Obama in a letter about the boom being made can he be impeached for negligence?

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 8, 2010 at 10:40 PM

Isn’t every opportunity to claim, Emergency-Emergency the sky is falling, in order to spend more money, with out thinking twice, work for the Dems? Oh I guess actual emergencies and free market ingenuity doesn’t count. The company must have a million+ foot investment they don’t want to lose so if they are really are charging too much where are the government negotiators? On 2nd thought they probably think he’s charging too little so it must not be good enough to try with out 2+ years of testing first. Huh- I just don’t get it?

wubu on June 8, 2010 at 10:42 PM

uh oh… I hope Obama doesn’t accidentally kick HIS ass.

stevezilla on June 8, 2010 at 10:50 PM

Spread the wealth booms around Obama?

profitsbeard on June 8, 2010 at 10:51 PM

ted c on June 8, 2010 at 9:11 PM

Do a Balto. A truck run from Maine to LA. Maybe Beck, Rush, Sarah etc could spot Jindal some money. Have Todd drive one of the trucks in for the last leg into LA.

journeyintothewhirlwind on June 8, 2010 at 10:51 PM

I still say Green would have been marketing genius…

KZnextzone on June 8, 2010 at 10:31 PM

The marketing genius of this administration is “Back in Black”, “Dirty deeds, done dirt cheap” and “Highway to hell”.

Electrongod on June 8, 2010 at 10:52 PM

How many Democrats have been thrown out of office in Louisiana since Katrina?

Obama isn’t going to lift a finger for Louisiana.

crosspatch on June 8, 2010 at 10:53 PM

I think the operative word here for the boom maker is RISK. If it worked out for him, I’m sure it would set a precedent for “out of the blue” offers like this.

[email protected] on June 8, 2010 at 10:53 PM

Mr. trouble never hangs around,
when he hears this Mighty sound,

“Here I come to save the day!”

That means that Captain Kickass is on the way!

Yes sir, when there is a wrong to right,
Captain Kickass will join the fight!

On the sea or on the land,
He’s got the situation well in hand!

Ugly on June 8, 2010 at 11:03 PM

Louisiana can just buy them. No need to wait for the Feds. After all, it is going to be Louisiana’s coast line that gets trashed.

SunSword on June 8, 2010 at 11:05 PM

Maybe he should go to the oval office of our kick butt president. I understand that the Butt stops there.

lewis1940 on June 8, 2010 at 11:07 PM

Actually 0bama is out to destroy the USA as we knew it and is using the oil spill crisis to accomplish his objective. He doesn’t want to contain the oil.

lewis1940 on June 8, 2010 at 11:12 PM

Maybe Obama’s pronouncing it “Pock-gen” so no one knew what company he was talking about?

andycanuck on June 8, 2010 at 10:20 PM


rosewaning on June 8, 2010 at 11:14 PM

“Louisiana can just buy them.”

But it is likely that they can’t deploy them so why would they buy them without being able to use them? They can’t get federal permits for things like berms. If the area is designation “National Seashore” then they will need federal permission to do anything.

The federal government has greatly overstepped their constitutional authority. Jindal should just do it and tell the federal government to shove it.

crosspatch on June 8, 2010 at 11:14 PM

On the sea or on the land,
He’s got his wanker well in hand.

Ugly on June 8, 2010 at 11:03 PM


shibumiglass on June 8, 2010 at 11:14 PM

Freddie ‘boom boom’ Obama says in a deep voice sure to win us over and say nothing “Hi there!” When aked why he’s named ‘boom boom’, he says it’s to remind himself what to supply to the gulf. “Yeah man, I was born ready Freddie. Day one baby!”

AnotherOpinion on June 8, 2010 at 11:15 PM

Same goes if the area is a “National wildlife refuge” or “National” anything. Louisiana would need federal permission to do anything and it is federal property.

crosspatch on June 8, 2010 at 11:16 PM

Perhaps he’s waiting Jindal out. Trying to make him do something he doesn’t have clearance for, so he can be removed from office at a later date. You know Jindal is the bull-elephant in the demonrat china shop down there.

shibumiglass on June 8, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Nero is famous for fiddling while Rome burned. 0bama’s Legacy: He piddled while the US collapsed.

lewis1940 on June 8, 2010 at 11:25 PM

Where’s that dumbass Rag Nagin now? I mean, it’s a chocolate state, a chocolate spill, and a chocolate president.

I’m disappointed he’s not screaming “buy the boom to stop the doom” or “where’s the dam to stop the sham”.

Help me Al, I need a rhyme.

BacaDog on June 8, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Prezidunce – “Present.”

TinMan13 on June 8, 2010 at 11:33 PM

POTUS should look into using this ass kicking machine for himself.

nor on June 8, 2010 at 11:43 PM


Big John on June 8, 2010 at 11:50 PM

This situation is being handled in exactly the same way as Katrina.

Except for one thing: This time, Ray Nagin is the President.

logis on June 9, 2010 at 12:06 AM

BacaDog on June 8, 2010 at 11:27 PM

Senator Mary’s brother is the new mayor of New Orleans.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2010 at 12:18 AM

Sorry, Obama is mad at Collins and Snowe because he couldn’t get them to agree to on HCR and several other legislative issues. Maine is too “red” for him.

He does not want the gusher fixed. He is using it to fuel the no more offshore or American drilling ever campaign. It must get so bad that no one will ever want drilling here again.

Greyledge Gal on June 9, 2010 at 12:54 AM

In a federal order, it seems the Gulf states would have sufficient resources to buy their own booms. However, the present tendency of the Americans of both the left and the right seems to be to demand that the national government be more active. I propose that one consider that the Americans’ national government is already extremely active, giving away in the form of “Social” “Security” and Medicare what would otherwise have been available to few in that day.

Kralizec on June 9, 2010 at 1:00 AM

I would donate to buy some of this for Jindal to protect LA coasts. It makes me sick the way our government is reacting. Just sick. What in the he** is wrong with them?

I’m terribly busy with moving right now, but someone should start a collection for Booms for Beaches… set up a distribution system.

Make sure it gets on the new media sites, at least, so everyone can see the difference between government and private giving.

petunia on June 9, 2010 at 1:05 AM

The federal government has greatly overstepped their constitutional authority. Jindal should just do it and tell the federal government to shove it.

crosspatch on June 8, 2010 at 11:14 PM

This is a court battle long over due.

We need to get this clarified. Do states have to suffer pollution when the Federal Government refused to do it’s job? It’s the same as the border problems. The Feds will not enforce the law.

My guess is the Supremes would side with the States.

Jindal should do it just to fight this out in the courts.

petunia on June 9, 2010 at 1:09 AM

Why doesn’t Jindal just say it’s an extreme emergency and do it himself. Pound the airwaves and the papers with the fact that Obumbles and BP are dragging their feet. Publicize this effort every step of the way and TRY to shame that useless POS in Washington into action. The key is publicity – get Rush and FOX and every other media outlet possible pounding on that sack of sh!t playing golf while the Gulf burns.

Ogabe on June 9, 2010 at 1:23 AM

I’m not worried, I’ve been reading.

See Obama is finally reaching the appropriate levels of anger. Soon Obama’s anger will force the oil back into the ground. Sadly I took the wrong physics course in college, so I’m not sure of the exact conversion from emotion to actual work; but I’m Obama’s emotive power will generate enough anger/force to solve the problem.

If it wouldn’t why would the commentators be focusing on Obama’s emotions instead of something that might decrease the flow of oil, redirect the oil, divert the oil, or clean the oil (you know, things I actually did learn about in my physics courses)?

Clearly the reason everyone focuses on Obama’s “anger” is because it will provide the motive force to resolve the issue.

I wonder how many foot-pounds of force Obama’s anger can generate; and how well he can focus and direct this force. Does anyone have the anger to foot-pounds of force formula? Or is it easier if we go metric and convert to Joules?

I can do the metric/English conversions; but I’m not sure how to measure, convert or calculate with emotive forces.

gekkobear on June 9, 2010 at 1:50 AM

Did everyone hear about the New Orleans Saint’s fundraiser? For $2 you get to buy a chance for a replica of their Superbowl ring. Proceeds to help out LA.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2010 at 1:50 AM

Does Gov. Jindal have the funds to buy this stuff? Their resources are still stretched then trying to recover from Katrina, there may not be a lot of places to divert money from.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2010 at 1:54 AM

If ANYBODY deserves a bailout, this guy does.
He goes out on a financial limb, from a sense of duty, and profit.

Of course! He’s a business owner and sees an opportunity, and knows he can help.

This guy deserves to have every bit of product purchased, and for the next five years, if for no other reason than forethought. Every friggin’ coast needs this stuff, now.

Stepping up to the plate, and producing. What this country was built on, is not a joke, Mr. President. Even one of your parties would have paid for this.

Your inauguration would have surrounded the country with armor plating.

And when you’re done with Louisiana – Texas and Florida, hell even their state Maine could and should have a stockpile.

Coast Guard should have warehouses of oil barriers.

Calderone should be buying this.

This is the stupidest non-move I have EVER seen!

docjohn52 on June 9, 2010 at 2:30 AM

docjohn52 on June 9, 2010 at 2:30 AM

This is the federal government you’re talking about. I am breathless with anticipation for the day they take over my health care.

Cindy Munford on June 9, 2010 at 2:41 AM

you elected an empty suit. the most partying president evah!! don’t mind me while I weep.

kellyjane on June 9, 2010 at 2:46 AM

BHO is in the business of destroying the United States of America, he has no interest in you. None whatsoever. A srong and free America is the enemy to him and his ilk. The President of the United States of America believes that American exceptionalism is passe..been there done that (yawn).

kellyjane on June 9, 2010 at 3:04 AM

I guess the Obama doesn’t want to risk the chance that an American company making a product in an American plant with American workers to help Americans in trouble will make America look arrogant to the eyes of the rest of the world.

Now if the booms were made in China, they would have been bought immediately. On credit.

AaronGuzman on June 9, 2010 at 4:01 AM

He said before he was elected that he would destroy the coal industry. I think the video is still on YouTube. The oil industry is right up there in twisted Progressive Socialist Utopia land. His delays aren’t incompetence. It’s part of the plan to destroy our country. Unfortunately, the country will end up destroying him. I don’t care if he was born here or not. After he is impeached and convicted of high crimes and misdemeanors, he needs to be exiled to Kenya or some other communist craphole. I’m sure they would like to learn how to be Chicago thugs too…..

adamsmith on June 9, 2010 at 7:24 AM

It’s almost as if the president has no executive experience.
Oh, wait.

rbj on June 9, 2010 at 8:36 AM

Only purchases from qualified 8A or disadvantaged business can meet the accelerated acquisition schedules of this crisis.

You can make a strong case for that argument, but there are also the GSA schedules, none of which these guys seem to be on (that I could tell from a GSA advantage search). Not in CCR either. I’m not blaming them, but geez, if you sell something governments buy, there are databases you need to be in.

DrSteve on June 9, 2010 at 10:05 AM

Steve Emerson was on Bennett this morning basically accusing Hussein al Obooba of being an Islamist, which I find hard to refute.

If he’s right (is the pope German?) then the last thing Hussein al Obooba wants to do is help the US in any way.

So if you’re going into business to produce a product that will materially benefit the United States, I have a bridge to sell you.

Akzed on June 9, 2010 at 10:10 AM

It seems his may not be a union factory. If he didn’t donate to the Liberals, he can expect a visit from the IRS and be shut down by OSHA.

seven on June 9, 2010 at 10:42 AM

It seems we are short of boats and fisherman for hire to lay out the boom. They have to do Hazmat training and clearance. It gets sticky since they have to show up with a birth certificate. Background checks are a red tape hindrance. unless you work for ACORN or the Census.

seven on June 9, 2010 at 10:45 AM

Probably a Tea Party member!

pgrossjr on June 9, 2010 at 10:45 AM

His problems began when he anticipated a rational response to this disaster by President Present and the wunderkind.

novaculus on June 9, 2010 at 10:56 AM

Has anyone noticed how much Captain Kickass enjoys saying the word “boom”?

It’s starting to irritate me.

BobMbx on June 9, 2010 at 11:19 AM