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Obama Administration Failed to Prepare for Oil Platform Spill

While President Obama was laughing it up at state dinners, oil belched from a pipe in the Gulf of Mexico. For 10 days, the Obama Administration downplayed the seriousness of the threat.

Drilling for oil from offshore platforms is not free from risk. Safeguards are in place to prevent spills, or at least limit the damage. But like airplanes and spacecraft, no matter how safe the systems may be, no matter how many backup systems are in place, sometimes it is not enough to prevent disaster.

As far as oil platforms go, there are many backup systems in place to prevent spills. But spills are inevitable. It does not take a lot of study to know that. So a plan to deal with the problem must be in place.

And for the Gulf oil platforms, just such a plan has been in existence since 1994. The problem is, the Obama Administration failed to make sure everything was in place to put the plan into action should a catastrophe occur.

From AL.COM:

If U.S. officials had followed up on a 1994 response plan for a major Gulf oil spill, it is possible that the spill could have been kept under control and far from land.

The problem: The federal government did not have a single fire boom on hand.

The “In-Situ Burn” plan produced by federal agencies in 1994 calls for responding to a major oil spill in the Gulf with the immediate use of fire booms.

But in order to conduct a successful test burn eight days after the Deepwater Horizon well began releasing massive amounts of oil into the Gulf, officials had to purchase one from a company in Illinois.

This is an unforgivable error on the part of the Obama Administration. The entire Gulf seafood industry is now in jeopardy due to this error. Oil has washed ashore and there is no way to stop it at this point.

In order to safely drill offshore, all of the safeguards must be followed to the letter. We depend on the government to make sure these rules and laws are followed.

BP certainty is responsible for a lot of this damage, but the government’s failure to place a single fire boom in the area is nothing short of criminal.

With the Obama Administration’s recent recommendation to potentially open more offshore drilling areas, the glaring omissions of required safety equipment is totally on the Obama Administration. Nothing short of a complete review of every aspect of offshore drilling safety and a full compliance inspection should have been performed prior to Obama’s decision to open up more sites.

Obviously, this was simply a political ploy by Obama, not based on a review of the current safety programs and compliance by drilling companies.

Governors and other politicians who advocate drilling for more oil offshore are under the assumption that the Obama Administration is doing their job in enforcing all safety protocols.

Until the Obama Administration decides to do their job and enforce (or enact) proper safety measures, offshore drilling must not be expanded.

Sadly, the Federal Government’s failure to enforce US laws and regulations has now extended beyond failures in border control and is now expanding to oversight and safety failures.

Perhaps before expanding government control to every aspect of American’s lives should be put on hold until Obama can actually enforce the ones already on the books!


About Tom White

Tom is a US Navy Veteran, owns an Insurance Agency and is currently an IT Manager for a Virginia Distributor. He has been published in American Thinker, currently writes for the Richmond Examiner as well as Virginia Right! Blog. Tom lives in Hanover County, Va and is involved in politics at every level and is a Recovering Republican who has finally had enough of the War on Conservatives in progress with the Leadership of the GOP on a National Level.

13 Responses to “Obama Administration Failed to Prepare for Oil Platform Spill”

  1. Wilson says:

    Too bad the Democrats are in charge of Congress. We will never hold Obama accountable for this outrage as long as these Democratic obstructionists are in power.

  2. Will White says:

    Obama failing isn’t anything new.

  3. Ethan Allen says:

    The blame for this horrid mess lies squarely with all of Washington’s corrupt mach- inery. I don’t buy that it’s too late to mount a huge national effort to protect our southern shore. Build ships that vacuum up the mess. Manufacture incredible lenths of boom, and deploy it. Get busy, already. This gusher may keep gushing for months. The ENEMY is invading us, it is almost upon us, and if this enemy triumphs, it may downgrade life in America PERMANENTLY! Our troops are fighting Islamic hot-heads overseas who had nothing to do with 9/11, while territorial United States is invaded. By OIL, no less. Yipes, the very epitome of irony. Tea partiers, you’ve got it half right. The Dems are corrupt, ineffective leaders. But so are the Republicans. Our Constitution, composed over two hundred years ago, is still holding us together, with gum and rubber bands. Well, the legacy of deregulation of the Bushmen is part of this, a big, big part. If the Constitution is to get some credit, after two centuries, how is it that Bush can now take no responsibility for this mess, after only two years removed from office? Spinmeisters are not our leaders, nor is a corrupt Congress, Executive, or Judiciary. Clearheaded patriotism, rooted in absolute truth, must be our rallying cry. America, where are you now? Don’t you care about your sons and daughters?

  4. Nathan Hale says:

    It seems there are a few presidents since 1994 who could have straightened this out.

    Blaming it on President Obama is just plain idiotic.

    • Tom White says:

      So you are saying that 9/11, Katrina and the financial meltdown should be blamed on Clinton? Sorry, it does not work that way. Obama has already visited the Oil Platform issue, and they gave BP an environmental waiver. Perhaps you also missed the story that Obama received more money from BP than all other politicians?

      What is idiotic is giving Obama a free ride on everything. He is in charge, and is ultimately responsible. Especially where federal inspections and regulations are concerned.

  5. Gulf coasty says:

    So why didn’t the Bush administration make sure all that was taken care of and in place? He had 8 years and an oil crisis, after all.

    • Tom White says:

      See my answer above to Mr. Hale. BP paid Obama to look the other way. Now, if BP had paid Bush as much money as it did Obama, and Bush granted the environmental waiver to BP I might smell something fishy. But I suppose Bush was too busy giving huge contracts to Halliburton without bidding. Sorry. Did I say Bush? I meant to say Obama. http://boortz.com/nealz_nuze/2010/05/halliburtons-nobid-contract.html

      You guys really need to pull your heads back out into the air. Your Messiah is a total screw up.

  6. Capitalist Joe says:

    Why should it be the government’s responsibility to clean up a spill made by a private company? The private companies should be responsible for their messes and have the infrastructure in place to take care of any mistakes/spills made; not the government’s with my tax dollars. BP, Trans Ocean, and Halliburton should be 100% responsible for every aspect of this. Thinking that the emergency response to this should be a government job is socialist, what next nationalize the oil companies? I am sure Obama would want that and this article is propoganda to condition us to desire it. I can’t believe the libera mainstream media got hold of this site too. Goodbye “Comerade” White.

    • Tom White says:

      Joe. The government performs a number of constitutional functions. Should private companies build and maintain roads? They use them, right? No. The feds do, in combination with the states.

      Should the airlines be made to clean up and investigate plane crashes? No. The NTSB does that. We learn something from every crash.

      Same with oil platforms. We pay for these things to be regulated and make sure they are safe. We entrust the government with the task because the oil is for the common good. It is the job of the Federal government to plan and set forth the requirements under which the oil companies operate. And it is up to the government to make sure there is full compliance.

      In this case, recommendations were not followed BY THE GOVERNMENT. Our government capped the liability.

      These things operate hundreds of miles off shore. There has been no evidence that BP, TransOcean or anyone else did not follow the regulations. If there was negligence, that is a whole new ballgame. If it turns out, as it looks now, that our government failed to require burning booms, vacuum ships, disbursement agents, or whatever was needed in the event of an emergency was not in place, the government failed.

      We will learn lessons, and more safeguards will be put in place.

      But there are legitimate functions for government. Like FEMA.

  7. Capitalist Joe says:

    No the airline industry should regulate itself. They should be the ones paying for and training the air traffic controllers as well as the other operations. Roads should be by state and local governments only and any major interstate roads should be private toll roads where I pay as I use it rather than have my taxes wasted on roads I don’t use. I would rather keep the tax money and use it for tolls on roads I use.

    If a business gets so careless that they cause their own destruction that is their concern not the government’s. You are using the same reasoning that was used to socialize the banks, GM, and Chrysler.

    You are nothing but a liberal plant.

    You are defending yourself with example after example of unconstitutional socialism. You even used a favorite socialist term “common good”.

    The “common good” is what takes money from my hard earned paycheck and gives it to welfare cheats.

    • Tom White says:

      Ahh! I get it now. Sorry. I was actually working on another project when I replied to your post. You are actually Socialist Joe attempting to troll.

      No wonder your ramblings didn’t make sense. I will need to pay more attention.

  8. I really dig what you write about here. We try and read your blog every day so keep up the good posts!

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