Five weeks ago Escambia County officials requested permission from the Mobile Unified Command Center to use a sand skimmer, a device pulled behind a tractor that removes oil and tar from the top three feet of sand, to help clean up Pensacola’s beaches. County officials still haven’t heard anything back. Santa Rosa Island Authority Buck Lee told The Daily Caller why: “Escambia County sends a request to the Mobile, Ala., Unified Command Center. Then, it’s reviewed by BP, the federal government, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the Coast Guard. If they don’t like it, they don’t tell us anything.”
Keeping local governments in the dark is just one reason why the frustration of residents in the Gulf is so palpable. State and local governments know their geography, people, economic impacts and needs far better than the federal government does. Contrary to popular belief, the federal government has actually been playing a bigger and bigger role in running natural disaster responses. And as Heritage fellow Matt Mayer has documented, the results have gotten worse, not better.Read more...
Did you know that 13 countries have offered help, but the Obama Administration is not accepting any of it. You'll read all about it in the Morning Bell article, so please take a few minutes to find out just how interested Obama is in cleaning up this mess.
Obama finally decides to accept some foreign help:
What a difference a month of bad press makes! Four weeks ago, when more than a dozen nations offered to send assistance to the Gulf of Mexico to contain the damage caused by the Deepwater Horizon blowout, the Obama administration blew them off. The Washington Post reports today that the White House has begun quietly backtracking, going to the EU to finally ask for some help after millions of gallons have spilled into the water.
Apparently there is an American company called, Packgen, who has miles of boom and can produce thousands more to help contain the oil. They notified the government and BP over 4 weeks ago:
UPDATE 6/11: New Video
UPDATE 6/11: New Video
The War Planner Blog featured 2 very interesting videos that showcase the time line of Obama's response to the oil spill. Watch them and get more ticked off: