According to Courthouse News Service’s article here, it sure as hell wasn’t the US federal government. Nine years ago, who held the reins of the Executive and Legislative branches? Well, doggies — that would be the Republicans.
I stumbled upon this thanks to a diary at Daily Kos describing Rachel Maddow’s link to the knowledgeable, articulate, and outraged Fishgrease, whose primer on how oil booms should work and why the ones in the Gulf now aren’t is, IMNVHO, a must-read.
Mike Saucier, a Minerals Management Service official, said new rules requiring secondary control systems for blowout preventers were written in 2001, but MMS upper management in Washington never approved the regulations. “As far as I know, they’re still up in headquarters,” Saucier said.
Fishgrease says the Coast Guard, who knows how to do this stuff, aren’t handling the booming correctly (for this, I blame the Obama administration’s insistence on letting BP clean up its own mess and then sending in the Navy to help). Furthermore, the Louisiana wetlands are going without booming equipment necessary to their protection because it’s being sent to Alabama and Florida and other coasts to protect their beaches.
Speaking on WWL radio Wednesday, Dr. Sherwood Gagliano, president of Coastal Environments, a Baton Rouge-based group of environmental scientists, said the Delta Plain of the Mississippi River is a “magic place.”
Hailed as “Father of the Louisiana Coastal Restoration Movement,” Gagliano has spent years studying Louisiana’s fragile coastline.
“The estuaries are the nurseries; they are the fertile ground … And I don’t know if everyone understands this,” Gagliano said, “just how amazingly spectacular the Deltaic Plain is.”
Nine years. Let’s see, this is May of 2010. What we were all doing nine years ago? Well for one thing we didn’t have two wars in the Middle East yet (although arguably plans to start at least one, somehow, had been set in motion). We weren’t fighting a ground war in Afghanistan, or one in Iraq. The country might well have been in a malaise, though, in those early days of George W. Bush’s first term — wasn’t there something going on with an American spy plane downed in China? Didn’t the GOP have some spasms of corruption and scandal amongst its Congressional majority?