Billy Nungesser, president of Plaquemines Parish, was nearly stuttering to Anderson Cooper an hour after President Obama’s tackle to the nation from the Oval Office. Fifty eight days after the catastrophic explosion aboard the Transocean/Deepwater Horizon, and the subsequent launch of thousands and thousands of gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico, there is still no coherent plan to shut down the leak, comprise the oil, or reply to the injury performed to the setting. There’s a brand new estimate of up to 60,000 barrels a day circulation charge. Nobody believes the numbers BP is offering anymore, and it is beautiful that the President is prepared to take action.
There’s a deep distrust of something British Petroleum has to say here in south Louisiana, and the President’s claim that 90 percent of the stream shall be stopped by the center of July is being roundly criticized. If the number got here from BP, there is good cause to be incredulous. In fact, BP has managed this catastrophe as a public relations and shareholder drawback. Robert Reich makes a good case for this and questions the president’s continuing reference to BP as an entity that will make any choices primarily based on the welfare of American citizens versus its shareholders.
As citizens, we wish the hole within the Gulf plugged up as fast as potential, we want the spill contained, and we wish the whole lot cleaned up and damages paid — irrespective of how a lot it costs BP’s shareholders. But if we’re BP shareholders, we would like to reduce all such expenditures — including our lengthy-time period liabilities.
Get it? There’s no battle between Britain and the United States. The battle is between two kinds of interests — shareholder pursuits and citizen interests.
“There isn’t any group and no sense of urgency,” Nungesser instructed CNN.
A technique Nungesser was very improper. BP does have an organized public relations marketing campaign, and it’s mentioned within the “Recovered Oil Waste Administration Plan” prepared by BP for the Houma Incident Command.
On the floor, most important function of the plan is the administration of hazardous waste materials collected from clear-up actions — clear up activities which have but to materialize in any organized trend down here. The contractor mentioned is Heritage Environmental.
Written by the Houston workplace of British Petroleum, the doc clearly states that the plan was developed at the request of the Incident Commander, and the US Coast Guard Federal On-Scene Coordinator (FOSC). The FOSC is answerable for coordinating federal efforts with the local people’s response. Coast Guard Rear Adm. James Watson is now the federal on scene coordinator for the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill response. He changed Rear Adm. Mary Landry and is accountable to the president, as is incident commander, Thad Allen.
The report specifically outlines the management of hazardous waste, however we’ve got some proof that “Recovered Oil Waste Management Plan” has not been adopted in the case of useless wildlife restoration on Grand Isle.
This plan is to cowl oil spill clear up activities related to the Deepwater Horizon rig incident the place the source point originated in Mississippi Canyon Block 252 of the Gulf of Mexico. Waste Identification/Characterization. Dead or Injured Wildlife. (United States Wildlife and Fisheries/and Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries to coordinate) Deceased wildlife recovered from the oil impacted areas will be managed by the department of wildlife and fisheries and will only be managed as waste if and when directed by that company.
The decaying head was protruding from new excavation within the beach grasses. Moran mentioned that the stench was so bad that he couldn’t dig into the mound to see if anything was buried there. After reading the report about mandated toxic waste disposal, it appeared necessary to doc the burial mound.
Moran took us to a secluded area of back seaside. The jetty had been partially bulldozed and jagged, freshly broken pieces of rock have been scattered all over the place. Sand had been moved and the seashore was freshly graded. It did not appear to be a natural seaside and heavy gear tracks have been clearly seen.
Moran was certain that he found the placement the place he photographed the dolphin, however the mound was different and the top was missing. A decaying pile of redfish was nearby, confirming it was the identical location.
Photographer Jerry Moran digging at dolphin burial site
Moran uncovered some unidentifiable bone fragments, before we found what we have been looking for.
Dolphin teeth have been scattered within the grasses.
Dolphin teeth and bone
An affordable query to ask is whether the oil company is malevolent or just a international company entity totally beneath siege and attempting every thing at its disposal to restrict fiscal damage to themselves and their stockholders. BP safety is patrolling the Grand Isle seashore and answerable for access. We discussed potentialities as we quietly walked again to the principle road. There was no approach to know who moved the dolphin, nevertheless it was gone. The question was why would somebody move it after burying it? What we did know was that incident command had relegated duty for wildlife disposal to United States Wildlife and Fisheries and the Louisiana Division of Wildlife and Fisheries.
In addition to outlining the protocol for toxic waste management, and this consists of lifeless animals, the doc additionally calls for an organized approach to “neighborhood outreach.”
Group relations are very important to the dealing with of this unfortunate scenario. With this in thoughts a group outreach plan has been developed and is being used all through this operation together with on the staging areas that handle group relations. This plan was also used in the planning and securing of these areas.
Unfortunate state of affairs? That is worse than referring to the river of oil spewing from the damaged, twisted riser pipe as a “spill.”
There have been no answers on the seaside, however Incident Command had forwarded a press release on June 9 that announced a “Terrebone (incorrect spelling) Parish Neighborhood Open Home” in Houma the identical night that we had been returning from Grand Isle. You’d assume they would know the proper spelling.
Representatives from BP, the U.S. Coast Guard, U.S. Wildlife and Fisheries, the Environmental Safety Agency and other state and partner agencies responding to the Deepwater Horizon incident, will host an open house Friday, June 11, 2010 in Terrebone (sic) Parish at the Houma Civic Heart, 346 Civic Center Blvd. in Houma beginning at 6 pm. The open house will supply Terrebone (sic) residents the opportunity to engage one-on-one with specialists in regards to the techniques, strategies and materials being used in the spill response.
“We want to maintain the native communities knowledgeable with probably the most accurate and timely info now we have,” Coast Guard Capt. Roger Leferriere, Coast Guard unified commander at the Incident Command Submit in Houma said. “We would like to communicate with the public and provide them with first-hand info on the matters that concern them most.”
This important meeting was not closely marketed in the neighborhood, was scheduled on a Friday night time in the course of the dinner hour, and it was no surprise that attendance was light. State aid organization representatives told us they had been mandated to attend by Governor Jindal’s office, but only had two days advance warning, and needed to scramble to manufacture handouts.
We had a couple of questions of our personal, but there was no level in attempting to get candid solutions.
The BP consultant, Hugh Depland, was not in the mood to speak to somebody with a digital camera. A pleasing younger girl named “Janella,” with a badge that read “BP-RP” and had a bar code at the underside was a information liaison. She sensed our frustration, requested who we have been, wrote it down, and questioned if our questions were answered. This interplay was staged, managed, and in case you had been around the block once or twice you knew immediately her job was to not get questions answered however to soothe expectations.
She asked us to stay put whereas she despatched one other BP rep to find out what occurred with Depland while we cooled our heels. She said he would speak to us now, however after we tried to find him, he had vanished.
What we discovered particularly chilling was the PR marketing campaign waged on Terrebonne residents. Large photographs, propped on easels, lined the perimeter of the room. The image BP painted of the “clean-up” effort did not resemble what Moran and that i had witnessed in days on the water and prowling the Delta beaches and roads
Images and video inform the story.
Yes, it was an inexpensive shot for me to have the video working. I had not intended to publish it, however his dialogue of a “sizzling zone” is worth offering here. On an earlier go to, Talon Security forbade me to take pictures of employees.
Local cable station LCN-Tv wished us to go on the air and discuss our experiences. LCN gives cultural snapshot of Louisiana tradition, and isn’t a political entity. The station wanted our perspective on the sights and sounds we witnessed in Barataria Bay and Grand Bayou. Relatively than go on the air for an interview, we gave them a stack of photos and editor Debbie Stein put this short video collectively.
In any case, this is actuality for the individuals, the setting and the animals of the Gulf of Mexico and her shores. A secondary reality is that the petroleum business is important to the financial well being of Louisiana, and no one here doubts that actuality.