This is really just disgusting. There's no way in hell all of those millions of gallons of oil and dispersants that poured in to the Gulf are just gone. Billy Nungesser, President of Plaquemines Parish, LA is at the end of his rope here and I don't blame him. BP is saying that they can't find any oil and are pulling assets out of the gulf for cleanup and the Coast Guard is letting them do it.
Digby has more on this latest dog and pony show from our media -- Dismissing The Gusher:
I posted yesterday about the emerging meme that the BP disaster was not big deal and today Brad Johnson at Grist puts that meme in perspective. Read on...
As the AC360 segment notes, Billy Nungesser isn't buying this either. They went out there and saw for themselves how much oil is still on the water.
UPDATE: Here's an example of what the residents in Grand Isle are dealing with. The Asphalt Beach in Louisiana (Photos)
KAYE: Retired Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, who is overseeing the federal response, said today the nearly constant flights that check for surface oil on the water from the air are barely detecting any oil, beyond thin sheens -- this as BP's incoming CEO, Bob Dudley, said it's time to start scaling back cleanup efforts.
At the same time, he said BP will not abandon Gulf residents once the well is permanently sealed.
But not everyone is buying that promise.
Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser joins me now.
And Billy, I want to play for you exactly what Bob Dudley said today, and then we will get your response.
(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP)
ROBERT DUDLEY: In terms of the effort, no, it's not too soon for a scale-back.
We haven't permanently, finally killed the well. I don't think we will see any more oil going into the beaches.
And where there's no oil on the beaches, you probably don't need people walking up and down with hazmat suits. So, you will see that kind of a pullback, but commitment, absolutely no pullback.
(END VIDEO CLIP)
KAYE: So, is it time, in your opinion, to scale back on the cleanup efforts?
BILLY NUNGESSER: Absolutely not.
You know, he might be talking about the beaches in Florida. Louisiana is getting slammed. For the last two days, we have oil out there all over, same places and other places we didn't have oil.
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