More feckless bureaucratic fiddling while the Gulf burns
The federal government is shutting down the dredging that was being done to create protective sand berms in the Gulf of Mexico.
The berms are meant to protect the Louisiana coastline from oil. But the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Department has concerns about where the dredging is being done.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who was one of the most vocal advocates of the dredging plan, has sent a letter to President Barack Obama, pleading for the work to continue.
Nungesser said the government has asked crews to move the dredging site two more miles farther off the coastline.
"Once again, our government resource agencies, which are intended to protect us, are now leaving us vulnerable to the destruction of our coastline and marshes by the impending oil," Nungesser wrote to Obama. "Furthermore, with the threat of hurricanes or tropical storms, we are being put at an increased risk for devastation to our area from the intrusion of oil.
Nungesser has asked for the dredging to continue for the next seven days, the amount of time it would take to move the dredging operations two miles and out resume work.
Work is scheduled to halt at midnight Wednesday.
The California dredge located off the Chandelier Islands has pumped more than 50,000 cubic yards of material daily to create a sand berm, according to Plaquemines Parish officials.
Nungesser's letter includes an emotional plea to the president.
"Please don't let them shut this dredge down," he wrote. "This requires your immediate attention!"
"Mr. Nungesser, I'm sorry but the president is currently unavailable. He had to take time out of his busy golfing/hoops shooting day to dress down General Stanley McChrystal. Please leave your name, number, and contribution check for the president, and we'll make sure he gets back to you at his earliest possible convenience."
Folks, "feckless" doesn't even begin to describe the lack of leadership and effort to stave off the flow of oil into the Gulf and its clean-up. We are now on Day 64, and we're still no closer to cleaning this mess up than we were from the start. Had the federal government actually acted in the beginning, much of this would already be cleaned up. (After all, the Dutch did offer their help, and that of another dozen nations to help with the clean-up but that offer was turned down by the White House.)
Barry's sycophantic supporters can repeat his mantra of being involved in this "from Day One," but that boast doesn't even come close to passing the smell test. Governor Bobby Jindal has been screaming at the federal government to do something other than twiddle their thumbs, and demand that environmental impact studies be completed before any clean-up work really starts. This is what happens when a bloated bureaucracy leaps into action ..... Two months later people are still waiting for action.
The simple fact is this: The president doesn't seem to care about the oil accident. He's shown that in how long it took him to address the accident to begin with (10 days), and the consistent demands for berms, booms, and skimmers went unheard for the better part of two months. As Governor Jindal started to move, the White House finally relented, and allowed the construction of the berms.
But now they're being told to stop, and built them another two miles out. Um, where was this decision two months ago? That was a decision that should have been made in the hours after the accident, not months. Barry is showing this nation exactly what he is: A clueless rookie that never had to make a decision harder than what to pair the Kobe beef steaks with. He is an embarrassment to the nation, and the world is having a facepalm moment in trusting this guy to know what the Hell he's doing.