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  •  I don't have a link, but Rachel among others did (3+ / 0-)
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    a real slam on it the other night. Talked about how the first hurricane will likely wash most of it away, etc.

    •  here's a bit more of that AOL article, about berm (1+ / 0-)
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      and how scientific analysis isn't being figured into relief efforts, according to folks down there.

      Looks to me like Jindal's just trying to be the guy running ahead of the "do something, even if it's wrong" parade, trying to look like a leader. Doesn't change my opinion of Jindal, which is that he is as full of fail as Rick Perry and about as trustworthy.

      The national media got "rolled," said Benny Rousselle, Nungesser's predecessor as Plaquemines Parish president and a possible challenger in this fall's election.

      Foster Campbell, a Louisiana public service commissioner who ran for governor in 2007 when Republican Bobby Jindal was elected, said Nungesser is part of a long line of elected officials who have been "super, super cozy" with the energy industry. Even though at least a third of the state's vanished wetlands can be chalked up to energy industry operations, including shipping canals dug through fragile marshes, there has been little pressure to get companies to shoulder the cost of restoring coastal areas.

      "Ask Nungesser -- has he ever asked anybody to fix the coast?" Campbell said. "Now you're hollering now that you got all this religion?"

      The Plaquemines official is hardly unique, though.

      "We are controlled lock, stock and barrel by the oil and gas industry," said Mike Robichaux, a former state senator from coastal Louisiana.

      "Politicians in Louisiana have been lapdogs to the major oil companies. It's hard to break them up. [Oil companies] provide the jobs," Campbell said. "There have been too many duck hunting trips, too many steaks, too many campaign contributions. ... They ought to put the Exxon flag on top of the Capitol because they own it."

      When President Barack Obama called a moratorium on deepwater drilling in the gulf, Louisiana leaders -- led by Jindal -- complained the move would devastate the local economy.

      "I don't think you can find a person in south Louisiana who doesn't oppose the moratorium. You're taking a livelihood away from thousands of businesses," said John Maginnis, editor of LaPolitics.com. "There's a feeling here that drilling can be done safely if you have regular inspections, which maybe we didn't have."

      Louisiana has been known for its lax oversight of the oil and gas industry. State law specifies that energy construction must result in no net loss of wetlands, but an investigation by the Times-Picayune revealed that of more than 4,500 coastal permits requested to build new pipelines, oil wells or other energy projects between 2005 and 2009, state regulators approved every single one.

      Even as the oil spewed out of the seafloor, the state Legislature this spring considered a bill to stymie university environmental-law clinics from suing companies that violate state or federal laws. It was eventually shelved amid the public outcry over the spill.

      Len Bahr, a coastal adviser to five Louisiana governors whose blog has followed the "B.Pocalypse," says it is "appalling" that nearly every state official has opposed the drilling moratorium. But he is even more upset that "science is being left out of the picture" in finding a solution to the spill.

      A Ph.D. ecologist, Bahr has skewered Jindal over the governor's insistence on building sand berms to stop the oil from reaching shore. In one post, he depicted Jindal and Nungesser as MacArthuresque figures storming the beach. "Like a little general, [Jindal] is charging around getting a lot of nationwide press but in truth he doesn't have a clue about coastal science," he said.

      Now, I should tell y'all. I live in Texas, about 45 minutes from the nearest Permian Basin production. I speak a little oilfield; I grew up out in Yoakum County in the '70s, during some of the years it led the nation in production -- beating out offshore and every other onshore county in the country, including La Palin's Alaska fields. Spills and blowouts and leaks and accidents happen all the time out there, and people get hurt or killed in the oilpatch on just about a daily basis -- when there is not an actual live-fire war going on, like we have now, the oilpatch is a more dangerous place to make a living than the US military. No joke. I was stationed at Barksdale briefly in the late 1970s, and I know they handle oil differently than we do in Texas (or did before w, anyhow). Louisiana is a lot more laissez-faire about oil.

      Bill Clements was our governor here in Texas when Ixtoc I blew out, and he owned stock in SEDCO, which was responsible for that mess (the well actually belonged to Pemex, which was a government arm of Mexico, but SEDCO did the drilling). Clements was a known oil-money-man.

      That well leaked oil into the ocean for nine months. We didn't have live cams on tv to show us the leak, nemmine a Web with a dozen feeds, but the Ixtoc I disaster was a BFD in Texas news. Now here we are 30 years later and we can watch the mess, but there's been ZERO progress on cleanup or remediation for this stuff. Doesn't make the oil less toxic.

      I do think that BP ought to be made to STOP using Corexit (well, all dispersants) NOW, though.

      And I'm going to pimp this ad from VoteVets (the column where it's embedded ain't bad either).
      http://middletownmike.blogspot.com/...

      Texas is NO Bush League! LBJ, Lady Bird, Sully Sullenberger, Ike, Molly Ivins, Barbara Jordan, Ann Richards, Drew Brees -7.50,-5.59

      by BlackSheep1 on Sat Jun 19, 2010 at 04:40:02 PM PDT

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