BP Gulf Oil Disaster Note to White House

I, like many, am horrified at what is happening as a result of the BP oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico.

Last evening, I sent the following note to the White House:

(1) Why is there so little information about what is going to be done to remove the oil plumes from the Gulf of Mexico? What effort is underway?  Is this need getting the same level of attention as other remediation efforts?

(2) Why is crude oil being allowed to reach the shore in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida?  It is as though we just sit and watch the inevitable happen. This is not acceptable.

(3) It is critical that the oil not reach and be allowed to spread via the Loop Current.  Why does it appear that we are flat-footed and merely waiting for the inevitable to occur?  This is not acceptable.

From my limited vantage point, most effort is being put towards stopping the oil plume but not in keeping the crude from fouling our beaches and wetlands. We don’t need to look like “deer in headlights.”  This is foreseeable at this point; urgent action is needed.

What do you think?

Dave Gardner, Gardner & Associates Consulting, http://www.gardnerandassoc.com

One Response to BP Gulf Oil Disaster Note to White House

  1. The Destructionist says:

    As the oil spill in the Gulf grows larger and more deadly, decimating all that it touches, BP continues to turn down assistance from Americans who just want to help clean up the mess. (…I hear they even turned down Director James Cameron and actor Kevin Costner…)

    First let’s get one thing perfectly straight: If you want to go and help clean up the oil spill, don’t let some corporate Big-Whigs “handle” you into believing that you’d be more of a liability, than an asset. I applaud you for recognizing that we all depend on our oceans for our very survival. It is this water that sustains every living thing on our planet, and it is also this water that we must protect in order to save ourselves from extinction.

    BP has downplayed the problem in the Gulf from the beginning as a means of corporate damage control. I don’t think they’ve yet recognized the severity of the problem. As I’ve written in past blog posts; the pipe needs to be capped and the relief well needs to be drilled. It’s not an exact science by any means, and if BP doesn’t get it right the first time, they’ll have to do it over, and over, and over again, until they do. How many months (or years) will that take? How much damage will have been done to our environment by then? We’ve already seen what 51 days of oil can do to the Gulf of Mexico… What would happen if the oil was left, unabated, for several months, or years? It’s a frightening example of corporate greed gone awry and it’s criminal, pure and simple.

    Corporations should never be allowed the opportunity to risk the lives of everyone on the planet just to make a profit for a few shareholders. (What good is money, after all, if you don’t have air to breathe, water to drink, or food to eat without fear of contamination?)

    BREAKING NEWS: I’ve just heard that those enormous plumes floating just under the surface of the water have been certified by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.) as crude oil.

    (Are we just casual witnesses to our own demise? I wonder…)


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