Mississippi Ooze

Sunday, June 27, 2010

For the first time, large patches of thick oil washed ashore in Mississippi on Sunday.

Oil from BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig hit two tourist beaches at Ocean Springs, about 10 miles east of Biloxi, and a beach used by fisherman that is close to an inland marsh.

Wildlife officials picked up one pelican covered in oil. State officials and the Coast Guard said they were expecting more oil to arrive. They said they were waiting on BP contractors to start cleaning up.

“We cannot clean up or catch the oil until BP gets here. They have all of our people,” said Earl Etheridge, a spokesman for Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality. “We want to clean this up now. Maybe this will amp up BP’s effort but we can’t do anything because they have all the money.”

Efforts to contain and clean up oil from the massive spill are being handled jointly by Federal, state and local officials and funded by the energy giant, leading to frustration among people whose coastlines are most at risk.

Louisiana’s fragile wetlands have been hardest hit by the oil but Mississippi had escaped damage until Sunday, although some oil has tainted its barrier islands. Oil has also come ashore in Alabama and Florida’s Gulf coast.

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7 Responses to Mississippi Ooze

  1. Bee says:

    I think the locals are going to have to involve themselves with the cleanup – they can’t keep waiting for BP to show up. Especially if BP decides to file bankruptcy in the near future. But that’s another brand of horror-show, isn’t it?

  2. Smooch says:

    At least the people of Mississippi can take comfort knowing President Obama is up in Toronto, sipping champagne and eating chocolates with world leaders while BP’s oil comes ashore.

    Leadership? What’s that?

  3. Matteo says:

    I read Huffington Post and say this from founder, Arianna Huffington. She nailed why people on the left are abandoning Obama in droves:

    “I think there is almost like a reverence that the president has for authority. You know, a reverence for establishments. You know, the Wall Street establishment. The military establishment. The BP establishment, you know? Even his own admiral in charge of the BP oil spill a few weeks ago said that ‘I trust that what Tony Hayward is telling me.’ He actually used those words. So that is really very fundamental problem that is affecting his whole presidency.”


    I hadn’t thought of this before but she’s correct.

    Obama leans far to the right and the result is, he has a reverence for authority. I think it started when his father walked away from him.

  4. R.J. says:

    Gee, I wonder how Gov. Haley Barbour feels about his little media tour last Sunday when he told Americans there were no problems with his state?

    I wouldn’t count on either BP or the Obama administration cleaning up this mess. I really worry about what will happen when a tropical storm or hurricane comes ashore and rains that polluted water on the Southern states and possibly the Midwest.

    What a freakin’ mess.

  5. Chad Lebanon says:

    So we wait until the end of August and hope the relief wells do what they’re intended to do.

    But what happens if the well casings are destroyed as many geological experts suspect? Or the workers on the relief well project miss the site which is the size of a Frisbee? Obama’s government authority guru, Dr. Stephen Chu, had better be thinking outside the box and have plan “B.”

    If not Chu can’t do, expect to hear the rumblings of impeachment from the right and the left.

  6. Adirondacky says:

    Sixty-seven days into this and a third of the Gulf is off limits to fishing. If the relief wells fail to work, we are looking at letting the well pump out oil until it runs dry in fifteen years. By then, the entire Gulf of Mexico will be dead. Unable to sustain any life and this includes human life. This is a nightmare.

  7. fran says:

    Guvnah Haley Barbour had been spouting off about how his state had no problems- save for some dead dolphins & sealife washing up.
    The next photo op I want to see is ol’ Haley floating in the oily water, telling us to come on down & visit Mississippi.
    Maybe he can fire up a cigar & give us all an interesting light show?

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