Day 80 Of Obama’s Gulf Oil Spill

On Day 80, Reporters Are Still Kept To Within 65 Feet Of Any Response Vessel Or Booms Out On The Water Or On the Beaches!

White House Enacts Rules Inhibiting Media From Covering Oil Spill

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By Noel Sheppard (Bio | Archive)
Sat, 07/03/2010 – 11:28 ET
The White House Thursday enacted stronger rules to prevent the media from showing what’s happening with the oil spill in the Gulf Coast.CNN’s Anderson Cooper reported that evening, “The Coast Guard today announced new rules keeping photographers and reporters and anyone else from coming within 65 feet of any response vessel or booms out on the water or on beaches — 65 feet.”

He elaborated, “Now, in order to get closer, you have to get direct permission from the Coast Guard captain of the Port of New Orleans. You have to call up the guy. What this means is that oil-soaked birds on islands surrounded by boom, you can’t get close enough to take that picture.”

As the segment continued, Cooper expressed disgust with this rule repeating several times, “We are not the enemy here” (video follows with transcript and commentary, h/t Cubachi via Hot Air):

(this is unacceptable, America)

Oil Spill Day 80: New Storm Brewing in Gulf

Posted: // July 8, 2010 05:21 AM

Forecasters say the second tropical depression of the Atlantic hurricane season has formed over the western Gulf of Mexico. But it shouldn’t cause many problems near the oil spill off of Louisiana.

The National Hurricane Center issued a tropical storm warning Wednesday for the Texas coast south of Baffin Bay to the mouth of the Rio Grande. In Mexico, a warning is out from Rio San Fernando to the Rio Grande.

Forecasters say the depression could become a tropical storm before hitting land and dump more rain along the Mexico-Texas coast.

Deep-Cleaning Gulf beaches

There’s a dirty secret buried under Gulf of Mexico beaches after cleanup workers scrape away the oil washing ashore. Walk to a seemingly pristine patch of sand, plop down in a chair and start digging with your bare feet. Chances are you’ll walk away with gooey tar between your toes.

So far, cleanup workers hired by BP have skimmed only the surface, using shovels or sifting machines to remove oil. The company is planning a deeper cleaning program that could include washing or incinerating sand once the leak is stopped.

But some experts debate whether it’s best to just leave it alone and let nature run its course.

OSHA fears spill workers getting poor training

Federal regulators are investigating complaints that several companies are providing inadequate training to supervisors of Gulf cleanup workers.

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration said Wednesday it has received reports that some of the companies offering to train supervisors aren’t making them do the mandatory 40 hours of classroom and hands-on instruction in handling hazardous materials.

OSHA also is investigating complaints that several companies are promising to secure jobs for prospective supervisors. But there are about 10 complaints from workers who say their training certificates were withheld.


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