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The Political Fallout begins in Louisiana over the Oil Spill……

In these days of instant gratification and communication……Things are getting tight for Lusitania’s Politicians….

Tired of getting asked over and over when and how the Gulf Oil mess is going to get cleaned up….

They have decided to go public with their displeasure…and to position themselves AGAINST BP and the Government….

The Dog listen to Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen* yesterday…and I have to admit…the guy sounds’ top-shelf’….

He is now the National Incident commander for the situation that is marrying BP, The Feds and The Louisana, Florida and Mississippi in a unusual  relationship….

The Fed’s have this dumped in their lap…….BP is the people doing the technical work…it’s their pipes in the Gulf’s floor, The Fed’s have veto power on their actions…but will wisely not wage into that area……The State are responsible for their property…and following Katrina……The Feds will ASK them for what they need and supply it…..

But this thing is gonna take time…

And Money…..Lots of it……

And with the media hype…..

No one wants to wait for it to be over………

But they will……

Thirty-four days after the Deepwater Horizon explosion, Louisiana officials have lost patience with BP, the Coast Guard and the Army Corps of Engineers. “I don’t have a crystal ball,” said Craig Taffaro, St. Bernard Parish president. “But if I were a betting man, I would be betting that [BP’s] plan is to let us die, then come back and do $75 million of cleanup, then close the book.”
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That sum — $75 million — is the federally mandated cap for oil-spill clean-up expenditure. BP has promised to address the long-term needs of everyone affected by the spill, especially commercial fishermen. The potential expense involved is incalculable, far beyond $75 million, and many people in south Louisiana do not believe such whatever-it-takes pronouncements of full responsibility.

At a press conference Monday in Galliano, La., Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) assured the public: “If you made $50,000 last year and you can’t work this year, BP is going to write you a check for $50,000. If your business made a million dollars last year and you can’t make that million dollars this year, BP is going to make your business whole.

There is no question . . . who will pay these bills to the individuals, to businesses, to the parishes, state government and to [the] federal government. Those bills will be paid in full.”

Serious doubts remain, however, spurred in part by BP’s current legal maneuvering to have all spill-related cases litigated in Houston, instead of Louisiana.

Also in attendance at the press conference were Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Gov. Bobby Jindal of Louisiana, and Sens. David Vitter (R-La.), Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) and Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska). The presence of these out-of-state solons is an apt indicator of growing national concern.

Jindal, disgusted with the lack of progress and organization, said, “In Terrebonne Parish, [where] oil is moving through their waters, boom and workers sat for days waiting for their orders to be deployed.” Jindal went on to state that on May 3, he asked the federal government for supplies including “3 million feet of absorbent boom and 5 million feet of hard boom.”

To date, only 815,569 feet of hard boom has arrived, and 135,320 feet of that hasn’t been deployed, he said.

In addition to such practicalities, Jindal noted a more heart-wrenching problem. “On Cat Island . . . I saw pelicans that were oiled so bad they couldn’t fly,…….

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* On Thad Allen from the Washington Post.……

The BP oil spill that continues unabated in the Gulf of Mexico is more like the crisis our nation faced with Apollo 13 than with the Exxon Valdeez catastrophe. Whatever solution is finally able to stop this disaster will only come from a leader who is both creative in his thinking and trustworthy in his character. Fortunately for us, Admiral Thad Allen is such a man.

Although he will be retiring as commandant of the Coast Guard later today, Allen will remain the federal government’s point man for the BP oil spill for the foreseeable future. No one is better prepared for the job.

The Tucson native learned a great deal about the Gulf Coast when he was handpicked by Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff as the principal official tocoordinate Hurricane Katrina response after the embarrassing performance of FEMA Administrator Michael Brown.

A few years earlier, Allen had led the team that smoothly transitioned the Coast Guard into the newly formed Department of Homeland Security in 2003. Prior to that, Allen had organized the U.S. government’s sea response on September 11, 2001. His creativity and resourcefulness had led him to move large Coast Guard cutters (normally reserved for high-sea patrols) to block the mouths of the Potomac River and every major port on the Atlantic coast.

Allen not only has the right experience; he also has the right disposition. Earlier this year, I spent time with the man who has spent 38 years in the Coast Guard and lived in 47 different residences. I interviewed the commandant and researched his life as part of a major study I am conducting on America’s top leaders (the first part of which focused onthe White House Fellowship).

Described by colleagues as cool and unassuming……click the Washington Post link for more

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May 25, 2010 Posted by | Animals, Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather, Women | , , , , , , , | 12 Comments

Oil comes ashore on Louisiana Beaches…..

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It will get REAL sideways from this point….

The abstract concept of the BP Gulf oil leak will now feed the media with fresh evidence….

The people of the Gulf Sates are about to undergo another economic hardship……


“We knew it was coming,” said PJ Hahn, Plaquemines Parish’s Coastal Zone Manager. Mr. Hahn saw the crude first-hand on Wednesday in the sensitive Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area.

“It was just thick, gooey oil in pools all up against the marsh,” he said. The marshes, which teem with wildlife, help keep erosion at bay, and if they’re damaged by the crude, officials fear that even more of Louisiana’s rapidly disappearing coastline would melt away into the Gulf.

“We haven’t seen the worst of it,” said Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, the area where the Mississippi empties into the gulf and the bulk of the beached oil has been found.

The arrival of tides bearing crude, one month after the spill began, underscores the heavy and unprecedented environmental toll the Deepwater Horizon incident could have in a region that has long been familiar with oil and gas production. The Macondo deepwater well, which Transocean Ltd. was drilling for London-based BP PLC, is still gushing crude into the Gulf. BP said Thursday that an effort to siphon the crude directly from a damaged drilling pipe into a ship on the surface is capturing about 3,000 barrels a day of oil. The company is working on a plan to inject heavy drilling fluids into the well to shut down the leak.

Also, more questions are being raised about whether the chemical being used by BP to break up the oil is more toxic than some other alternatives.

In an effort to stave off damage until a solution could be found, BP hired local fishermen to lay plastic piping, known as “boom,” in spots along the Gulf coast. BP and federal officials have acknowledged that they don’t have enough boom to wall off the entire coastline, a jagged jumble of inlets, islands and bays. So they are playing triage, deciding which areas are the most important to block off as winds and currents constantly shift.

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May 20, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Boats, Breaking News, Ecology, Government, Health, Media, Men, Military, PoliticalDog Calls, Politics, Projections, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , | 9 Comments

Louisiana declares an ‘Emergency’ over the Oil Spill……

The Oil platform Fire before it sunk causing the oil line to crack and leak….

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday as winds drove a massive oil spill toward the state’s coast and authorities scrambled to mitigate its environmental effects.

The slick was some 16 miles off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of last week’s oil rig explosion, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Authorities said the slick could begin affecting some coastal areas by Thursday evening, with the bulk expected Friday.

The slick covered some 600 square miles of water Thursday, state officials estimated. Ten wildlife refuges or management areas in Mississippi and Louisiana are in the oil’s likely path; the first likely to be affected is the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the tip of the Mississippi River.

Oil spill could be disaster for wildlife

At the White House, President Obama said the federal government will use “every single resource at our disposal” to help contain the oil spill. Obama has called the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to discuss the spill, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

Federal authorities, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, pledged a robust response. At a White House briefing, Napolitano said she has designated the leak a “spill of national significance,” meaning officials can draw down assets from other areas to combat it.

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April 29, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Health, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , | 3 Comments

Louisiana declares an 'Emergency' over the Oil Spill……

The Oil platform Fire before it sunk causing the oil line to crack and leak….

Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal declared a state of emergency Thursday as winds drove a massive oil spill toward the state’s coast and authorities scrambled to mitigate its environmental effects.

The slick was some 16 miles off Louisiana in the Gulf of Mexico in the wake of last week’s oil rig explosion, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Authorities said the slick could begin affecting some coastal areas by Thursday evening, with the bulk expected Friday.

The slick covered some 600 square miles of water Thursday, state officials estimated. Ten wildlife refuges or management areas in Mississippi and Louisiana are in the oil’s likely path; the first likely to be affected is the Pass-a-Loutre Wildlife Management Area at the tip of the Mississippi River.

Oil spill could be disaster for wildlife

At the White House, President Obama said the federal government will use “every single resource at our disposal” to help contain the oil spill. Obama has called the governors of Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to discuss the spill, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.

Federal authorities, including Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, pledged a robust response. At a White House briefing, Napolitano said she has designated the leak a “spill of national significance,” meaning officials can draw down assets from other areas to combat it.

More from CNN…….…..

April 29, 2010 Posted by | Blogs, Breaking News, Government, Health, Media, Other Things, The Economy, Travel, Updates, Weather | , , , | 3 Comments