Day 68: Why isn’t the A-Whale in the Gulf yet?

posted at 1:30 pm on June 27, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The A-Whale bills itself as the largest open-water oil skimmer in the world, and it’s at least very impressive.  Originally an oil and ore tanker, the ship’s owners recently refitted the ship to do exactly the kind of work that the US so desperately needs in the Gulf of Mexico, and to do it on a vastly larger scale than current operations can handle.  According to the ship’s project manager, the entire American effort in 66 days has skimmed off 600,000 barrels of oil.  The ship’s owners claim that A-Whale can skim 500,000 barrels a day.

So where is the A-Whale now?  In the Gulf?  Not yet.  It’s on its way there after being tied to a dock in Norfolk, Virginia, and won’t be allowed to join the cleanup effort until the Coast Guard and the EPA figure out whether it meets their standards (h/t Deb Singer on Twitter):

After making a brief stop in Norfolk for refueling, U.S. Coast Guard inspections and an all-out publicity blitz intended to drum up public support, a giant tanker billed as the world’s largest oil skimming vessel set sail Friday for the Gulf of Mexico where it hopes to assist in the oil-cleanup effort.

The Taiwanese-owned, Liberian-flagged ship dubbed the “A Whale” stands 10 stories high, stretches 1,115 feet in length and has a nearly 200-foot beam. It displaces more water than an aircraft carrier. …

But a number of hurdles stand in his way. TMT officials said the company does not yet have government approval to assist in the cleanup or a contract with BP to perform the work.

That’s part of the reason the ship was tied to pier at the Virginia Port Authority‘s Norfolk International Terminals Friday morning. TMT and its public-relations agency invited scores of media, elected officials and maritime industry executives to an hour-long presentation about how the ship could provide an immediate boost to clean-up efforts in the Gulf.

TMT also paid to fly in Edward Overton, a professor emeritus of environmental sciences at Louisiana State University, to get a look at the massive skimmer.

Overton blasted BP and the federal government for a lack of effort and coordination in their dual oil-spill response and made a plea to the government to allow the A Whale to join the cleanup operation.

To be clear, the A-Whale has not yet been tested on the scale needed in this cleanup.  Limited testing, the ship’s owners say, have proven the concept of their new skimming technique.  They have already begun plans for a B-Whale to do the same work, but until someone gets the ship into the game, no one will know for certain whether it can operate at the full, advertised capacity.

However, the answer to that should be so what?  We badly need increased skimming capacity.  Even if this ship only ever gets one load of oil skimmed, that’s a potential 500,000 barrels of oil out of the Gulf, or an advance of 66 days at present rate.  While the Coast Guard needs to ensure seaworthiness, the EPA’s regulatory hurdles are in this case ridiculous.  We’re already in the worst-case scenario.  Even if the A-Whale doesn’t skim a single barrel of oil, they can hardly make the situation worse than it is right now.

This, by the way, is Day 68 of the Gulf crisis.  The A-Whale didn’t get refitted on Day 66; this work had to have been done over months, if not years.  Shouldn’t the government have known about the existence of this ship two months ago, and been working on certifying it immediately?    The A-Whale shouldn’t have had to stop at Norfolk at all to get the nation’s attention, but should have been hired to steam directly to the Gulf and get to work immediately. It’s indicative of a crisis management team that is spending more time worrying about regulations and red tape than cleaning up the mess, just as we saw with Packgen’s boom.

Update: The post was missing the link to the Daily Press.  I’ve fixed it now.


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I wish someone would remind the renowned constitutional scholar and Nobel Prize winning occupant of the Oval Office, that among his many super powers he is also the head of the Executive branch of the US govt. He can instantly issue an executive order overriding any regulation that is not explicitly created by Congress. Of course, that will put him on the hook for an actual decision. Right now the American public will put up with a mistake made in good faith far more than bureaucratic thumbsucking.

May be we can bribe The Big O’s caddy to put the word in his ear between holes. (see Seinfeld episode)

deadman on June 27, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Based on the many delays and non starts concerning this cleanup effort, I get the distinct impression that the administration is purposely dragging it’s feet, and it’s agenda is different from most other people.

GFW on June 27, 2010 at 9:21 PM

My hope for a long time was that the reason everything Zero screwed up was due to incompetence. But hell even a blind squirrel finds an acorn once in a while. He screws up our country with EVERY move he makes. Is it incompetence or on purpose?

Herb on June 27, 2010 at 9:29 PM

This is reason 1,065,986 that this bozo has got to go. First Kevin Costner’s separators, now this. WTF?

ProudPalinFan on June 27, 2010 at 9:47 PM

I’m speechless.

Zorro on June 27, 2010 at 9:55 PM

Late to the game, I know, and maybe someone has already said this, but I have to get it out of my system.

This is a colossal failure of the federal government. It’s like having a drug that can cure cancer, but the inventor has to wait 7 years for the FDA to get around approving it. Meanwhile, thousands of people will die who might or might not have benefited from it. All because the FDA has to prove it’s “safe” (as if they prefer people to die of cancer rather than allow them to take the treatment).

Same with the gulf crisis. I guess millions of gallons per day of raw crude pouring into the gulf meets EPA “standards” but they won’t risk letting a ship try to skim the oil up because it hasn’t been tested on a spill this large (as if any ship has EVER been tested on something like this).

This is pure insanity.

UltimateBob on June 27, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Bureaucratic thumbsucking: love it, please allow me to use that. Listen, I have scratched the hair off the left side of my head trying to reason this out. This is monumental, colossal incompetence or on purpose and I can not ,for the life of me, figure a group of multiple people that can consistently fail this predictive amount of times. Therefore, with all my broken heart but not spirit, I now believe this man and administration to be moronically evil out of severe stupidity. Crap, I am still trying to cover their evilness with justification. Now I fear, I am the dumb-ass.

texriot on June 27, 2010 at 10:07 PM

but they won’t risk letting a ship try to skim the oil up because it hasn’t been tested on a spill this large…

UltimateBob on June 27, 2010 at 9:57 PM

Ironic isn’t it. The Government wants 99.99999% efficiency but the Government as large as it is, is hitting around 30% efficiency.

Electrongod on June 27, 2010 at 10:10 PM

Hasn’t anyone watched “High-Plains Drifter”?

Before ANY of the oil may be sucked up, the town MUST be painted RED.

cane_loader on June 27, 2010 at 10:19 PM

Ironic isn’t it. The Government wants 99.99999% efficiency but the Government as large as it is, is hitting around 30% efficiency.

Electrongod on June 27, 2010 at 10:10 PM

with all due respect Electrongod, I calling bulls**t on that statement…..please be so kind as to cite your source for that statistic…..

30% my great aunt Tooties arse

Renee on June 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

No union workers?

BowHuntingTexas on June 27, 2010 at 10:30 PM

Why? Because El Presidente can only act decisively when the Cambridge Police arrest a Harvard professor.

pgrossjr on June 27, 2010 at 10:37 PM

30% my great aunt Tooties arse

Renee on June 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

I’m sure electron meant 3% and that may be a little high, I’ve got an idea lets ask Bite-Me!

dhunter on June 27, 2010 at 10:41 PM

fed-nad on June 27, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Perhaps what you say is true…after two months of breaking up.

One wonders, though, if there are concentrations near the source.

Also, there are likely to be areas where a coordinated booming effort could corral oil toward a set processing point.

From the aerial photos readily available, there seems little mystery about where concentrations exist.

Ragspierre on June 27, 2010 at 10:42 PM

30% my great aunt Tooties arse

Renee on June 27, 2010 at 10:28 PM

This is my observation based on working with government and private sectors. Over the last several years, I have been in the private sector and have witnessed companies tightening their belt, streamlining and making their companies more efficient to ride out the recession. Government, on the other hand, has increased it size with little increase in effectiveness.
For example; Cash for Clunkers was so very efficient. My mother-in-law who couldn’t afford a car loan still drives a clunker, dripping oil and antifreeze and blowing blue smoke while perfectly good, safe running vehicles got destroyed at the hands of Government.
All the while Government regulates the free market (and it is growing) to be extremely efficient and 100% safe with no contingency plans for itself.

Electrongod on June 27, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Sort of OT: waaaay creeeeepy pix of The One front and center of Drudge.

There’s evil in those eyes.

tru2tx on June 27, 2010 at 8:11 PM

Looks like somebody needs to take lithium. This dude won’t make it full term. Stillbirth.

ProudPalinFan on June 27, 2010 at 11:01 PM

For example; Cash for Clunkers was so very efficient. My mother-in-law who couldn’t afford a car loan still drives a clunker, dripping oil and antifreeze and blowing blue smoke while perfectly good, safe running vehicles got destroyed at the hands of Government.
All the while Government regulates the free market (and it is growing) to be extremely efficient and 100% safe with no contingency plans for itself.

Electrongod on June 27, 2010 at 10:55 PM

Black Volvo, I will never forget you :(

ProudPalinFan on June 27, 2010 at 11:11 PM

Having dealt with these bureaucrats forever, the problem exists with none of them having the balls to make a decision. No one wants to put their neck out to even suggest going around standards or specs. It’s all finger pointing and blame shifting. If we had D-Day today, we would be waiting for perfect weather and still land in Portugal. The Pentagon thinks they are the end all and be all of everything but actually f it up.

Haunches on June 27, 2010 at 11:18 PM

Dontcha just wanna scream!

clnurnberg on June 27, 2010 at 11:19 PM

Shouldn’t the government have known about the existence of this ship two months ago, and been working on certifying it immediately?

It’s hard to see those big boats from the 16th green – in Canada!

Fore!

Mr_Magoo on June 27, 2010 at 11:44 PM

Day 68: Why isn’t the A-Whale in the Gulf yet?

The A-Whale isn’t in the gulf because the A-**** in Washington doesn’t really want to prevent or mitigate the oil spill problem.

Don’t over-think this: all the impediments could have been swept aside 68 days ago via a simple, one-sentence presidential directive….IF the objective was to prevent damage to the gulf coast. It is obvious that protection of the gulf coast is to be cast aside in favor of whatever political advantage Obama can milk from this: he will make sure the damage is as widespread as possible and then try to blame the whole thing on any and all of his political enemies…probably including YOU!!

landlines on June 27, 2010 at 11:56 PM

Harvard lawyer-in-chief…he may be wrong, but he sure is slow.

ravens45 on June 28, 2010 at 12:03 AM

IF the Obama administration wanted to do something constructive in the Gulf it would have been done what…2 months ago? They would have sent FEMA, not lawyers from the DOJ. The people on the Golf, oops sorry, Gulf are on their own. Like Arizona, this administration has no desire to help, as a matter of fact helping goes against their agenda.

kellyjane on June 28, 2010 at 1:50 AM

He can instantly issue an executive order overriding any regulation that is not explicitly created by Congress.
deadman on June 27, 2010 at 9:15 PM

Let not your heart be troubled. The noted constitutional scholar will use his powers … only to grant amnesty to millions of illegals aliens so he could change the demographics and voting patterns of the USA.

SilentWatcher on June 28, 2010 at 3:50 AM

A stupid administration would be paying far to much, and using every crackpot scheme to clean up the gulf.

Slowburn on June 28, 2010 at 4:40 AM

This makes as much sense as midnight basketball.

mixplix on June 28, 2010 at 4:56 AM

Even with a broken up spill, the A-Whale can be put onto the largest patch and allow others to shift to smaller ones… and my guess is there must be a bloom of oil on the surface near the wellhead (changed by suboceanic currents, of course) that would be a prime spot to place such a ship. It could operate continuously and off-load to smaller tenders taking material to shore for processing. If the things proves out then a full re-configuration of operations can be done, and if it doesn’t you have only sent a few skimmers elsewhere contingent on the largest one working.

That is a technical problem, not one of conception.

Mind you a good sized Tropical Storm will make a Chocolate Coast, and then you will start to see something like a Katrina PLUS oil spill. Then this goes from containable, but uncontained due to government inefficiency, to spread more widely inland with the blame firmly affixed to the organization that is to head the clean-up: the US federal government. And you don’t want to think about what those Governors will do if the US federal government made promises it had no intention of keeping so as to impoverish and contaminate coastal States. Then it isn’t just the National Guard being called out… but States putting forward that the federal government has broken with the Constitution.

ajacksonian on June 28, 2010 at 7:23 AM

Obama is attempting to cripple the US of A and I believe it is deliberate. He wants us to be humbled in the eyes of other countries; to not be seen as exceptional, to deny us the can-do approach in solving problems….He is trying to break our spirit so that we will surrender even more to his authority. Let us not give up. Keep the attention on his deeds in the public eye. Good job, Ed!

Constance on June 28, 2010 at 7:37 AM

Why is the A-Whale not skimming oil in the Gulf? http://bit.ly/aHf2NM

debg on June 28, 2010 at 8:47 AM

Seriously Ed, what part of Obama wants to kill America don’t you understand?!

abobo on June 28, 2010 at 9:17 AM

The A-Whale isn’t in the gulf because the A-**** in Washington doesn’t really want to prevent or mitigate the oil spill problem.

landlines on June 27, 2010 at 11:56 PM

+1

barnone on June 28, 2010 at 9:18 AM

Based on the many delays and non starts concerning this cleanup effort, I get the distinct impression that the administration is purposely dragging it’s feet, and it’s agenda is different from most other people.

GFW on June 27, 2010 at 9:21 PM

Of course. There is NOTHING more valuable to the Dems than a crisis; look how much of the agenda they have accomplished already thanks to their manufactured crises.
They have probably accomplished much more of their socialist agenda than anyone can image, what with all these 2,000 page bills that we need to wait until they are fully implemented before we know what’s in them.

neuquenguy on June 28, 2010 at 9:19 AM

It’s worth noting that it would take in 500,000 gallons of oily seawater. So it wouldn’t necessarily suck up as many days worth of oil it would if it were solid oil.

But if it sucked up 1 gallon of oil, that’d be a gallon of oil no longer in the Gulf. And isn’t that everyone’s goal?

Apparently, getting the oil cleaned up is NOT everyone’s goal.

hawksruleva on June 28, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Free Willy the A Whale

pain train on June 28, 2010 at 9:28 AM

We can’t use the A-whale because of the A-hole

NoFanofLibs on June 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Don’t be silly,

you can’t send oil skimmers that don’t meet standards.

must.. meet.. standards

*sigh*

franksalterego on June 28, 2010 at 9:55 AM

Methinks this A-Whale must be an endangered species therefore must not be in the vicinity of Obamas Oil else Obamas Oil may become an endangered species :)

dhunter on June 28, 2010 at 10:30 AM

We can’t use the A-whale because of the A-hole

NoFanofLibs on June 28, 2010 at 9:36 AM

Who is A-wol..

right2bright on June 28, 2010 at 10:36 AM

Before any major decision, Obama will have to ask his caddy for advice…

right2bright on June 28, 2010 at 10:37 AM

I want someone to ask Obama’s press secretary every day, why aren’t the Dutch allowed to send their ship to the Gulf and why is this ship not allowed to set sail for the Gulf? Is that too much to ask?

SC.Charlie on June 28, 2010 at 10:42 AM

Bobby Jendel and the rest of the Gulf state Governors should be in an uproar over this issue!

SC.Charlie on June 28, 2010 at 10:43 AM

So where is the A-Whale now? In the Gulf? Not yet. It’s on its way there after being tied to a dock in Norfolk, Virginia, and won’t be allowed to join the cleanup effort until the Coast Guard and the EPA figure out whether it meets their standards

This one statement is just more supporting evidence that this administration is at best inept, which in my opinion is not the case, but most likely diabolical. Obama and his progressive cronies wish to engage in subversive measures of coercion in order to jam “Climate Change” legislation down the throats of the American public.
This administration needs to be de-fanged in November 2010, and then replaced by a unanimous ballot in 2012.

OneCleverCookie on June 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Why can’t the Governors offer to hire the A-Whale on their own?

txmomof6 on June 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

Why can’t the Governors offer to hire the A-Whale on their own? – txmomof6 on June 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

The governors and the citizens of the Gulf states should be mad as heck that this ship and the Dutch ship(s) are not being allowed into the Gulf.

SC.Charlie on June 28, 2010 at 10:57 AM

Why can’t the Governors offer to hire the A-Whale on their own?

txmomof6 on June 28, 2010 at 10:53 AM

GOOD POINT!
Who they goona hire to be Captain Kweeg?

dhunter on June 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

The A Whale left for the Gulf Friday evening. Hope it parks next to that 32 mile oil slick and calls out Obama in the press! Here’s a link to my video in case you haven’t seen it: Why is the A-Whale not skimming oil in the Gulf? http://bit.ly/aHf2NM

debg on June 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

There’s evidently such a thing as destructive lawfulness. Does reason set a limit on obedience to any law whatsoever, or is there some law that must unfailingly be obeyed?

Kralizec on June 28, 2010 at 11:06 AM

The A Whale left for the Gulf Friday evening. Hope it parks next to that 32 mile oil slick and calls out Obama in the press! Here’s a link to my video in case you haven’t seen it: Why is the A-Whale not skimming oil in the Gulf? http://bit.ly/aHf2NM – debg on June 28, 2010 at 11:01 AM

Where is a link to current position of the A Whale? I am glad to hear that left on Friday.

SC.Charlie on June 28, 2010 at 12:01 PM

I would suggest the readers of this article to send an email to Bobby Jendal and ask him to press the Federal Government into allowing this ship do what it can do.

SC.Charlie on June 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

It’s time for all Americans to stand up to the bureaucrats and tell them to f-off. What is the EPA really going to do to stop something like the Awhale or any other offshore work. They have one vessel that may not even be finished yet. CG, could be a problem, but do you really think they’ll go firing shots across the bows of boats that are working to clean up this spill at a state gov’t's direction–maybe with armed National Guard on board? Not likely. They were allowed to stop the skimmer barges, because Jindal continued to play nice, but that time has passed. Now it’s time to take the gloves off and tell the feds that if they’re not helping, get out of the way.

Ay Uaxe on June 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM

Several weeks ago a caller to a nationally syndicated radio show (Glen Beck or Coast to Coast)I forget, works on this ship and told about not being deployed yet he was trying to get the word out.

borg on June 28, 2010 at 12:15 PM

I would suggest the readers of this article to send an email to Bobby Jendal and ask him to press the Federal Government into allowing this ship do what it can do.

SC.Charlie on June 28, 2010 at 12:10 PM

Jindahl should just fly up, talk to the owners then commission the ship…bypass the Feds and let them know that a man of action doesn’t need a politician to get things done.

right2bright on June 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

It has set sail for the Gulf. Read the following link. The ship needs the President to waive the Jones Act.

http://patterico.com/2010/06/25/a-whale-oil-skimmer-heads-for-gulf/

SC.Charlie on June 28, 2010 at 12:33 PM

Jindahl should just fly up, talk to the owners then commission the ship…bypass the Feds and let them know that a man of action doesn’t need a politician to get things done. – right2bright on June 28, 2010 at 12:31 PM

I totally agree. Can you imagine the outcry that would ensue if the Coast Guard was to impound the ship?

SC.Charlie on June 28, 2010 at 12:36 PM

I admit I didnt skim the rest of the posts but I just can’t resist commenting about the A-Whale:

“thar she blows!”

All kidding aside, let Bobby Jindal and Billy Nungesser run that behemoth and we’ll get the Gulf cleaned up right quick.

Skrew the Federal Gummint. Buncha chair-moistening drones from Sector 7G.

CatchAll on June 28, 2010 at 1:27 PM

Just go in and start skimming, for heaven’s sake. And outfit the ship with as many live camera feeds as possible, just in case some mindless drone in the Coast Guard decides they need to conduct another urgent life jacket inspection.

As Menken put it, “Every normal man must be tempted at times to spit on his hands, hoist the black flag, and begin to slit throats.”

Let’s keep the throats figurative. But under the circumstances the black flag would sure be a nice touch.

GalosGann on June 28, 2010 at 1:38 PM

Had the negligence and nonfeasance the Obama administration has demonstrated occurred in the private sector, I guarantee you civil and criminal litigation would have long since ensued.

Carl on June 28, 2010 at 3:25 PM

The Pentagon thinks they are the end all and be all of everything but actually f it up.
Haunches on June 27, 2010 at

The Pentagon (military) executes policy, not create policy.

The C/F in the Gulf today is 100% Obama’s.

DSchoen on June 28, 2010 at 6:25 PM

Apparently, getting the oil cleaned up is NOT everyone’s goal.
hawksruleva on June 28, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Actually it is!
You can find it on page 1459
Paragraph C subsection D of Obama’s Gulf plan!

DSchoen on June 28, 2010 at 6:29 PM

Apparently, getting the oil cleaned up is NOT everyone’s goal.
hawksruleva on June 28, 2010 at 9:25 AM

Of course not!. This administration is fully willing to punish the Republican governors and people who elected them, particularly Bobby Jindal whom the people of Louisiana elected to prevent the disastrous performance of the previous Democrat governor from repeating itself. Now with Obama in charge, the Democrats have expanded the disaster significantly. Remember, Bush asked the La governor if he wanted federal help BEFORE Katrina and it was declined. (In the governor’s defense, Katrina was NOT the problem, but the failure of the levees 24 hrs after Katrina had subsided.) The Democrats want to use the crisis to expand their agenda and ‘punish’ the states that have Republican governors along the gulf coast. Meanwhile, the whole nation pays and Americans (Democrat AND Republican) suffer the consequences. The reality is that everything Bush was falsely accused of, Obama is intentionally inflicting upon the people of the gulf and Americans in general.

jerseyman on June 28, 2010 at 7:51 PM

Doing the job the MSM can’t/won’t do. This took me all of 2 minutes to find.
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The A Whale is now just north of Havana.
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http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?oldmmsi=636014465&zoom=10&olddate=6/29/2010%201:07:21%20AM

diogenes on June 29, 2010 at 7:10 AM

I wish someone would remind the renowned constitutional scholar and Nobel Prize winning occupant of the Oval Office, that among his many super powers he is also the head of the Executive branch of the US govt. He can instantly issue an executive order overriding any regulation that is not explicitly created by Congress. Of course, that will put him on the hook for an actual decision. Right now the American public will put up with a mistake made in good faith far more than bureaucratic thumbsucking.

Obama: “present”

Nalea on June 29, 2010 at 8:41 AM

After all this procrastinating on Obama’s part, it seems he really doesn’t want this cleaned up too quickly. After all he’s going to use this “crisis” to try passing cap and tax. With the stroke of a pen he could lift the Jones act and allow this oil skimmer in. But he will not, he needs this spill.

Wills on June 29, 2010 at 8:56 AM

Doing the job the MSM can’t/won’t do. This took me all of 2 minutes to find.
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The A Whale is now just north of Havana.
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http://www.marinetraffic.com/ais/default.aspx?oldmmsi=636014465&zoom=10&olddate=6/29/2010%201:07:21%20AM – diogenes on June 29, 2010 at 7:10 AM

Thanks, now will it be allowed to enter the Gulf and do what it can do? I also learned, yesterday, that BP plans to place a far more effective cap over the well in about two weeks and the relief wells are getting close to the leaking well. One of these wells will penetrate the casing of the leaking well and allow the well to be capped. This technology is incredible.

SC.Charlie on June 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM

SC.Charlie on June 29, 2010 at 9:33 AM

Charlie,

Take a look at this video. It is enlightening and encouraging. Certainly not reported by the MSM.
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http://bp.concerts.com/gom/kwellsreliefwells062710.htm
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Fast forward to about 3:30 and play from there.
Key points. The relief well is about 55′ from the open hole.
The relief well intersection team has a perfect record of 40 for 40.

diogenes on June 29, 2010 at 10:06 AM

You guys just don’t get it!

There are three stamps, 14 signatures, 2 go aheads,
1 licenses issue and an authorization document (form 1235.53 REV. H) to be filed before the ship can be sent to the site.

If the ship was employed w/out the aforementioned it would not meet the government guide lines.

So shut up and stop being smart asses.

The system is working.

TheSitRep on June 29, 2010 at 10:38 AM

Based on the many delays and non starts concerning this cleanup effort, I get the distinct impression that the administration is purposely dragging it’s feet, and it’s agenda is different from most other people.

GFW on June 27, 2010 at 9:21 PM

I agree completely

Huckabee had a wonderful program in the last week. He had as guest the fellow who was director of FEMA during 911. The former FEMA director was asked why FEMA has not been involved in the spill.

Answer: FEMA handles natural disaters, not man made disasters. However, as in the case of 911, the President can call in FEMA, simply by asking. Obama has not called in FEMA. FEMA is needed now to set up headquarters to coordinate land efforts, now fragmented, and allocate resources

The guest was also asked about foreign ships, and foreign assistance. Again, the President can easily override the statutes, as Bush did in 911, where aid was accepted from across the world

A transcript of Huck’s show should be published

We need some politicans with guts to bring up the points presented. The current FEMA director is apparently highly qualified to handle the shoreline emergency. The press is ignoring this negligence, so glaring I consider the absence of FEMA to be intentional on the part of the President

As for making sure the A-Whale meets EPA requirements – give me a break. Whatever it does with the spill, it has to make it less. This game Obama is playing is criminal

A researcher who has found a vaccine which cured breast cancer in mice just got a fast track to human trials next year, when he expected ten years to trials. No problemo if the administration likes the politics

Marine life is dying horrible death, and the press pretends it is tarballs on a couple beaches.

A regional economy has been killed, and the press shows a couple fishermen getting ready for unemployment checks

The offshore drilling rigs are going to be handed over to foreign drillers, and that is what Obama calls banning off shore drilling.

To facilitate his political agenda, IMHO, Obama steps on the rescue to make certain it fails, while the press pretends a soccer game, or a WH party are more pressing events

entagor on June 29, 2010 at 11:14 AM

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