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Another Perspective by Elizabeth Wellborn — 21 Comments

  1. This is unbelievable! I’ve been listening to a lot of radio podcasts about how all this is being handled. Coast to Coast AM and PRI Living on Earth are both excellent on hearing what is going on. What I hear sounds more and more tragic as time goes on. I’m sure we’ll be hearing worse in the future.

    • It’s a case of the fox (BP) watching the hen house (Gulf clean up). As far as the hair and hay…Engineers didn’t come up with the ideas, they haven’t spent millions testing or years conducting studies, so it won’t work! Maybe when our country has to import the majority of our seafood from overseas they will get the wax out of their ears.
      For years Louisiana has been telling anyone who’d listen about the wetlands only to find it fell on deaf ears, or they just don’t give a damn.

  2. It is pathetic that the people charged with restoring wetlands etc. aren’t from the area and don’t know what they’re talking about? Why aren’t the existing organizations like BTNEP being utilized, if not leading in this?

  3. I’ve been following all this very closely, particularly on an information clearinghouse site on Weather Underground and at The Oil Drum, an oil-and-gas site full of professionals – geologists, engineers, environmentalists, etc.

    It’s clear to me that BP is engaged in behavior dedicated solely to protecting their sweet behinds in court and reducing their penalties under the law.

    As for the President, the bulk of the politicians and the various bureaucracies, they are either (1) totally incompetent, (2) dedicated to destroying the Gulf Coast, or (3) both.

    Now, that said, it’s also clear that the folks working on shutting in that well are doing their level best. They are truly amazing, and their technology is superb. I have no quarrel with them and nothing but admiration for their work. But from the beginning it’s been clear that BP’s role should have been to deal with the well and pay for the clean up – not to supervise the cleanup.
    The fact is, they don’t care. They haven’t cared about Alaska, or Texas City, or any of the other places they’ve despoiled, so this shouldn’t be any surprise.

    You don’t need me to rant. But I can tell you there are a lot of people getting really, REALLY angry. And the truth will out – we just need to find a way to sustain people while we get control of some truly bad processes.

  4. Awesome post! Enormous thanks Wendy. How are you guys faring? I have been thinking of all you great folks in T’bonne and keeping you in my prayers.

    To the Wetlands –
    Margaret S.

  5. We’re out here, Wendy – we just don’t know what to say. There’s such a mixed bag of emotions to deal with – pity, anger, hatred, resignation… And that’s just what I feel – I can’t imagine what goes through your mind being where you are.

    It’s reached a point now where it barely makes the National news anymore, because it has become a daily update of the same underwater pictures – “More oili escaping into the Gulf today …”

    I can tell you that I care, I hope and pray for the best, … but it doesn’t feel like it’s enough. Yet I can’t pick up and come down there to physically do anything – just a financial fact of life.

    Very frustrating, as I’m sure you know.

  6. Those answers sound very routine and much like the answers you get when dealing with any arm of a government agency. Smile, deflect and say you’ll find out and then don’t. Its very sad.

  7. BW, did you attend the BP meeting in Chauvin today? Just wondering what all was said. The local news had a segment of which I only caught a small piece. I quickly looked for you in the audience.
    BTW, I did see the Mayor of Orange Beach (?), Alabama blasting BP on National (ABC) TV.

    • I think this whole post is about Elizabeth’s attendance at that very meeting. I went to one early on and watched grown men cry about loss of livelihood and BP didn’t even both to show up. No more meetings for. They are token gestures of patronization at best.

  8. I am praying for all of you with this and especially with the change in the weather that is forecast.
    My husband and I saw the weather tonight and I said “Oh God no”, not now. That will destroy the rest of the shores and push oil inland into the fresh waters”.
    My husband said he really doesn’t know how those on the coast of LA feel but, it had to be tearing them apart with worry.

    We have friends who work on the rigs in the Gulf and the moratorium is destroying their lives too along with the spill. The tentacles of this disaster is far reaching and devastating to thousands. Even our life has already seen repercussions from this and we live in north east Texas! My husband works for a corrugated paper/box factory and the business has dropped off considerably in the past few weeks. People who manufacture goods or ship them don’t need boxes if they don’t have anyone buying.
    No orders means no deliveries and shorter hours for my husbands company. That curtails our spending and it ricochets to others. Like dominoes, one falls, the others fall too.

    • Wow, far reaching affects for sure. The moratorium is supposedly lifted now due to a New Orleans Fed. Judge ruling as such. Salazar said they will still appeal the judge’s decision, meanwhile there are those against deep water drilling because of the unsafeness of it all and are angry about more lives being put at risk. But what are we to do? American depends on oil. PERIOD.

      • I hadn’t heard of the ruling but, as you stated: America depends on oil and finding, shipping, processing, etc., gives Americans jobs to feed, clothe and in general take care of their families.
        Ever think how similar the economy is to a traffic jam? The first car slows, the 2nd one does the same and before you know it, traffic is stopped and backed up for miles! And it sits there until that first car is on the move again and eventually, all of the jam begins to move.
        Same thing with the economy. First one thing happens, then that causes another to stop and before you know it, there is an economic traffic jam! And right now, BP is that first car! Trouble with this type of jam is, it takes months and years for it to get all of the “traffic” moving again!

  9. Each of us can keep the pressure on by circulating posts and updates like Elizabeth Wellborn’s.

    Thanks to The Cajun Boy (again) for the youtube of Kindra Arnesen from Venice LA.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jkYJDI8pK9Y

    I’ve learned a new phrase from her: “ponies and balloons”. It came from BP briefings! The so-called cleanup efforts are shams/performances for the suited-up officials.

    Thanks, Cajun Boy!

    http://cajunboyinthecity.blogspot.com/2010/06/ponies-and-balloons.html

    • Egret, don’t have time to follow your links right now, but I worked in the oilfield years ago and I’ve said from the outset that they are wasting money on all these efforts to plug this thing as token gestures to make the public think they are doing something, all the while killing time, keeping us focused away from the drilling of the relief well, which is what they are stalling for to begin with. I imagine that is what “ponies and balloons” is all about?

  10. People ask me every day about this I tell them two things Bayou Woman’s blog and should of nuked it on day three. Starting to reek of fishiness even from here.

  11. I agree with Shore 100%. BP is doing whatever it takes to cover their butt, shift the blame and responsibility for this whole mess. Still you have to admire the ones actually doing the work of trying to shut that well down.

    That community open house Elizabeth attended was just a place for BP and others to speak in the language of Spin or Double Speak. I’ve noticed for years that when you ask a question of a politician, CEO or others at the top of the ladder, they sidestep the question, go off on a tangent and never, ever give a straight answer.

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