Thursday, June 24, 2010
Gulf journals: 'Someone's got to do it'

 

Every morning between 5:30 and 6:00, Gregg Hall goes for a three-mile run on Pensacola Beach. Hall runs right on the coastline to be close to this favorite thing – the ocean. But yesterday, the lifelong Florida resident was too depressed to run.

 

Overnight, oil and tar had washed ashore, covering the sandy-white beach. “This morning was the worst I have seen – the most gut-wrenching and heartbreaking walk on the beach in my entire life,” Hall said.

 

Hall went running on Monday, and said that there was no oil on the beach. He even went snorkeling on Sunday and described the water as being “crystal clear like a swimming pool,” but yesterday morning, Pensacola looked like a different place.

 

He described the oil and tar as being wet, sticking to everything, and washing to shore with each wave. “It is coming in by the dump-truck loads, and it is just disgusting,” he said. “It will just be days before we start seeing wildlife wash up on shore.”

 

The disaster has reminded Hall of a Cree Indian prophecy that he has valued for a long time. The saying goes:

 

"Only after the last tree has been cut down... Only after the last river has been poisoned… Only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."

 

For the past couple weeks, Hall has been sharing daily video updates of up-close and personal encounters with the oil disaster through his Facebook page and on YouTube. Many of his followers have expressed concern about him encountering the oil, but Hall simply responds by saying, “Someone’s got to do it.”

 

Hall said that he’s not very concerned about the economics or the politics that go along with this disaster, he just wants people to get the real story; he wants people to know what this disaster really looks like.

 

Editor's Note: Please be careful when encountering oil. Experts recommend that anyone involved in oil spill cleanup wear protective equipment and clothing. This blog post is part of a series of profiles of Gulf Coast residents and visitors directly affected by the oil disaster. If you'd like to share your story, you can upload photos and videos to CNN iReport.

218 Comments
June 24, 2010
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Marco Rubio - come walk in this oil and then give us your "Drill, Baby, Drill" speach.....

June 24, 2010
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Put some hay on it, it will soak up the oil! or at least that is what i saw in a youtube video about people coming up with ideas on how to clean up the oil spill.  I think it is worth a try.

June 24, 2010
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I visited Pensacola in 2001. I'm from Pennsylvania and the ocean was the bluest I had ever seen, before or since. I was fascinated.

 

To read about this is very disheartening

June 24, 2010
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Yikes!!

 

And they don't know if the other oil rigs have adequate systems in place to prevent another catastrophe, or are careening down a similar path.

 

Don't they ground aircraft by model until they get to the bottom of a disaster?!

 

June 24, 2010
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They’re just a bunch of hypocrites. They think we’re stupid. Why are they fighting the ban on deepwater drilling?

June 24, 2010
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yep, that is what u get for trying to steal iraq's oil

June 24, 2010
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I am devastated by this while as I drive my SUV... see what I mean? We are reaping what we sow we Americans who love our cars... I wish the powers that be would discover a way to make us less of a slave to oil...As for the coast, I grew up on the redneck riviera and I can't believe that what I know it to be may not ever be again.

June 24, 2010
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Heart goes out to Gulf Coast residents. Switter, you're a jack@$$.

June 24, 2010
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I'm from Pensacola and now live in North Carolina.  It tear's me up to see this pictures that i spent my childhood growing up on...  Sun-bathing, surfing, partying, flirting, family get-togethers, pictures and enjoying nature's beauty.  I went down just a couple weeks ago and swam with my girlfriend no more than 3 feet away from a family of stingrays in crystal clear warm water. I knew that would be the last time I'd get to enjoy the beaches. It's just heart breaking to see the beach like this now..

June 24, 2010
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I commend you Greg, keep doing what your doing!

I mean if the President can take time to play golf or the CEO of BP can go to Yacht races, then "we" have an oligation to share the news of whats really going on. Just wish I could help... :(

June 24, 2010
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As long as I get to drive my Hummer, it's all good...

June 24, 2010
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I saw this as a kid in 1969 Santa Barbara California oil rig blow out. This is a tough time, no doubt about it. Every effort needs to be made to coral this monster, but it's not. We have many many willing countries ready to pitch in but the administration has blocked this. This is an equal disaster to the incident.

June 24, 2010
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I bet it still wasn't enough to stop him from using petroleum products... 'someone do something as long as it's not me'

June 24, 2010
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you know it has been coming for 2 months now.  What did you do to prepare for it?  Quit whining and get to work!

June 24, 2010
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Where is PETA?

 

 

June 24, 2010
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desperate times call for desperate measures - that's drilling with allot of risk to all and everything involved.  oil has us over the barrel, literally. we have painted ourselves into a corner and it's gonna take allot of lifestyle changes to get out. get used to the mess or change expectations.

June 24, 2010
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Why didn't Pensecola bulldoze the sand up away from the water --knowing the oil was coming.  Once the oil near the water is cleaned and the leak is stopped ( hopefully soon!!) - they bulldoze the white sand back in place.

June 24, 2010
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Commit yourself to not using petroleum products for a week and maybe you'll start to understand.

June 24, 2010
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Hopefully the leak can be plugged and then cleanup can begin. To cleanup before plugging is a waste.

June 24, 2010
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I lived in Pensacola as a child when my father was at the Naval Air Station there. This is sad beyond tears.

June 24, 2010
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Please join the NRDC on FB or go to their website, to their "action" section.  We need clean, safe alternative energy now.  Since when caring about the environment and our future became a partisan issue?  Enough is enough!  We already have the technology for safe, clean energy (non nuclear) such as solar and wind power. We just need the leadership and political will.  Tax big oil and coal out of business, use that money for the clean alternative.  Clean alternative energy will create jobs!  Wake up people.

June 24, 2010
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Will somebody explain to me why Rubio, Jindal aren't sandbagging the beach. It seems to me the goal ought to be preserving that portion of the shore line exposed to the oil. Schimming seems pointless and time consuming. They could sand bag high enough to keep the oil from going to a certain point and move the line when neccessary. This beats sitting around complaining. Some people in Pensecola have suggested this, but those who disagree are saying it would upset the beauty of the beach and coastline. It seems to me; better to look over a few sand bags than to lose it forever. Got plenty of sand..

June 24, 2010
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Oil rigs off Mexico are not shut down, rigs between Cuba and Florida are not shut down. This is the first major oil spill in the Gulf. We accomplish nothing by stopping drilling except adding to the economic devastation. Don't throwout the baby with the bath water.

The life blood of America is oil and raising prices is not going help America.

And anyone who thinks we were in Iraq to steal oil is not very bright.

June 24, 2010
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It's so sad, I feel your pain and disgust.

June 24, 2010
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What a mess!  I was visiting Pensacola Beach for the first just days before the oil washed ashore.  I'm so glad I saw it before this.  Both BP and Transocean should be ashamed of themselves.  Now all these innocent animals die for your stupidity.

June 24, 2010
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I agree with SouthieBoy.  Don't just styand there, do something.  Clean the damn place up.

June 24, 2010
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btw we're in Iraq to steal oil/

June 24, 2010
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@truthforture The truth is that the oil reserves near our shores are tiny and will not make our future more secure.  Alternative energy is the answer.  It will create jobs.  This is a wake up call that we need to support the alternatives.  It is a myth that it will take decades to get there.  Some European countries are light years ahead of us with using alternative, clean energy.

June 24, 2010
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Totally unrelated question - why is Pensacola water clear and Texas Galveston not clear?  They're both equidistant from the Mississippi river outflow.

June 24, 2010
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Hate to break it to everyone but accidents happen.  We need to keep drilling so that all you hyprocrites will have cheaper gas for your non hybrid gas guzzling cars.  How many of you that posted have hybrids?  How many of you complain when gas climbs?  This is a horrendous global disaster but in the scheme of things nature will move on, BP and the corrupt US govt., will swallow the pledged money and Americans will forget.  Look at Exxon incident, how many of you even remember it?  How the planet died?  No, no and no.  Get off your high horses and go out and do something about it.  Buy hybrids hell buy a bike.  We all know we need oil and this is the way to do it.

June 24, 2010
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    I hate to be the one to say this, but the folks in Pensacola are the very people who voted for George w. Bush and his brother Florida governor Jeb Bush. 

    Well, you got your offshore oil coming ashore from an industry allowed to run wild, and unregulated just as the Wall Street investment banks were, causing you to lose employment.  Unfortunately all the red necks are still bending over to get the American flag shoved up their backside.

    For those of you Floridians who read the Bible it says "You reap what you sow."

"Would ya'll like those shrimp with or without oil.?"

June 24, 2010

PICK ALL THAT MESS AND DUMP IT AT THE BRITISH COAST..!!!

June 24, 2010
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n Hawaii our beaches are wayyyyyy more beautiful than even Pensacola's gorgeous beach, and we don't have any oil spills. Sorry mainlanders, but I'm about to go for a swim on my pristine beach now!

June 24, 2010
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@ cookie101  People focus so much on the beaches but the fact is that the oil is creating havoc in the ocean itself.  Countless animals in the ocean are dying right now and we don't know what the long term effect will be.  We focus on the beaches because that is what we see but truth is that the harm to the ocean is much, much higher.

June 24, 2010
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People we to remove the politcs out and replace it with commone sense. We should stop all new drilling and  keep the ones that are operating still operating. Before any new offshore drilling happens we need to know what happened and how to prevent it from happening again. If not, we should atleast have a better plan in place than the one BP claimed they had. We need to reinspect all rigs to make sure they are safe. Yes we need oil but we also need to protect our oceans and protect the shore because of all the people who are dependant on it to make a living.

June 24, 2010
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The whole country is going to die of cancer from this mess.  Just a link in the chain of events to come. 

 

I think this is an act of war from the Britains!

June 24, 2010
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I'm not an oil expert but why don't they let the oil burn so it consumes itself rather than float away hundreds of miles?

June 24, 2010
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@ needtodrill  There is enough wind power in the state of Texas to power the whole US.  There is enough solar power in the Mojave desert to power half of the country. It is a terrible, harmful myth that we need oil.  This is about corruption and money and power.  Big oil is lobbying has been lobbying hard with politicians.  Want to truly have a safe future?  Tax oil and coal and use that money for truly making alternative, clean energy competitive.  It will take sacrificing from our part but it is the only alternative.  Get real.

June 24, 2010

No tar ball on my shoe, I'm going to Afganistan

June 24, 2010
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@ Avimoo ... how are you going to burn the millions of gallons of oil that's underwater.  The top sheen and slicks account for about 2% of it.

June 24, 2010
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judge feldman, come take a walk...

June 24, 2010
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Boo Hoo, the oil came on the beach.  So clean it up!  Staring at it does nothing.  I can't believe everyone saying that the pristine beach is gone.  It will get cleaned and you can have your white sands back.  I wonder what you drove to work after your sickening jog on the beach.  Did you walk to work?

June 24, 2010
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Why weren't there booms in place?

June 24, 2010
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@BillIdle, do you propose more regulation on the the Oil industry, or just to have the MMS regulate it in the manner it was supposed to (i.e., not sleep with , take money from, and party with oil company officials). There is regulation, it's just that there's to many people being paid off at the top. The answer isn't necessarily more regulation, its to have the oversight that was supposed to be taking place actually happen.

June 24, 2010
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Hey Anyone down there,

 

Are the coquinas OK?  (Donax sp.)  Are they behaving normally?  Are they dying?  Can you tell anything yet...

 

Thanks, A

June 24, 2010
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And guess what folks...the relief well is only half way drilled.

June 24, 2010
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We have 2000 boats we could be using from all over the country and other countries t ostop the oil from getting to shore. Yet the president says he does'nt want to use them in case theer is another spill. The dumbest thing i ever heard, like saying don't use all the fire engines for the biggest fire ever just in case

June 24, 2010
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I can't believe that these people are out there playing around in that oil soaked beach instead of cleaning it up...WHEN WILL THEY MAKE THE CALL FOR ALL citizens to volunteer for the cleanup??? I will be the FIRST one there.

June 24, 2010
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TOO SAD FOR WORDS!

June 24, 2010
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Noted British Petroleum apologist Congressman Joe Barton “The Oil Man” and BP Corporate Water Boy Rand Paul should suit up and help clean up this sludge instead of apologizing to British Petroleum for America  while they wrap themselves up in the Flag and the Bible. Next thing the both of them will say the cause of the oil spill is God’s wrath because women in Bikini’s are walking on Florida beaches!

June 24, 2010
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Our Prayers to the Gulf of Mexico.

I have never witnessed anything of this proportion in my lifetime.

 

May God Almighty give help us solve this national crises.

Where there is major change in lifestyle to humans,

animals and wildlife.  Because of the Intensity of the

crude oilspill.

 

This magnitude of non-stop flow puts all the workers and

volunteers in danger, should the problems coming up

get out of Human Control and Management.

 

I believe, the Gulf of Mexico, oilspill needs Help from

other International Nations, who have expertise in Emergency Situations from other oilpills from the Past.

 

My question: 

 

Do you know for a fact how much oil reserve is at the bottom of the sea?

 

Have you taken pictures of the Potential Volume involved

prior to searching for this reserve of crude oil?

June 24, 2010
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It's so sad to watch, I hope everyone who's out there can help pick up BP's mess. If I could come out there and help I would. There needs to be a National Clean Up The Gulf Coast initiative, where we can all take the necessary time to help pick up this monumental mess. Give me a day of training, I can get that crap picked up.

 

If I were living out there, I would be pro-active and start picking it up myself - to heck and back with anyone's response, and the red-tape.

 

What we need is serious reform in how we use oil, because our demand is outpacing our ability to stop a major disaster. The only way to move forward is to force us to change. There will be dissent, but I don't care - it is the right thing to do. The same arguments have been made against repealing slavery, the right for women to vote, the right for minorities to vote, it's just the same fear-mongering and apathy all over again.

 

It's time for Americans to realize that we have run out of time, and "American Values" need not to include supporting our own long-term destruction.

June 24, 2010
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Wow, there goes my vacation to Pensacola.   Oh well as long as I have gas in my car I'm happy.

June 24, 2010
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Joe Barton from Texas says, ya'll leave BP alone and clean it up yourselves, and and and send the CEO of BP your money, and tell him your sorry that this happened and has interrupted his golf game.....

June 24, 2010
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Ya.. I can see where waiting 6 months for a safety review makes no sense at all... bunch of selfish idiots.

June 24, 2010
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oil in the water.. lead in the paint... smog in the air... botulism in the food... this is Free-Enterprise-Capitalism, Profits-First, need no-regulations, screw-the-environment mentality. Corporations own our Govt & Rush is their mouthpiece... and if you don't like it, you are a socialist welfare hippie. Get used to it.

June 24, 2010
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To the person saying what are you doing....clean it up.  Do you mean that and million of gallons behind it?  Oh, and did I mention the source is still flowing?

 

There is no cleaning this up until it stops flowing! 

June 24, 2010
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Google BP oil rig North Korean Submarine.

June 24, 2010
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Why are we in Iraq?  Seems like there's enough oil in the Gulf that we don't need to ram our version of democracy down a tribal-based country's throat.  Can you imagine having beach front property now?  I'm starting to like snow.

June 24, 2010
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Why Isn't halliburtain being held accountable for this leak too? why just BP? I wouldnt be surprised if halliburtain sabotaged the rigg.halliburtain is notorious for black operations mainly across america and abroad. They owned the rigg..why Isn't Halliburtain explaining themselves right along side BP????

June 24, 2010
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I understand these are pretty beaches, but come on.  They are the easiest to clean up.  After the thing is capped, these beaches will be cleaned up in no time.

June 24, 2010
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I have a hard time with this. How many of those who are upset about this oil spill voted for Republicans over the past 30 years?  This oil spill is the result of your ideology of deregulating oil industry.  Of TRUSTING the oil companies.  Yeah it really sucks what they did.  But you allowed them to drill there.  Now what are you going to do, send the same pro-corporate Oil shills back to Washington this November?  Will the spill actually change Republican voters?

June 24, 2010
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hey 2012??

June 24, 2010
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The European Union leaders such as England, France and Germany, The U.S., China, Japan and all the others who control the world's resources I have this question.  Is it worth it?  Take a look at all the suffering this spill has caused.  The oil soaked pelicans, the depressed fishermen, the live oil spill cam and tell me is it worth it?

June 24, 2010
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@ DblStndrd, really... you can't be serious?

June 24, 2010
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ccee - I bet you every day Tony Hayward rides his yacht he think it's worth it.

June 24, 2010
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Just wait for the first storms and hurricanes to hit the gulf and get oil to cover everything for a hundred miles inland......

And they are coming, the season for them is just starting, you'll see what a real environmental disaster is really all about then, drill baby drill! hey Rubio, hey Palin, where are you now?

June 24, 2010
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why doesn't some ask that Dyson guy to invent something?

June 24, 2010
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Let's be honest, the Gulf isn't that pretty anyway.  Now if this happened in California or Hawaii, then I'd be mad.  Everyone is making such a big deal out of this but when it happens in the Middle East and Africa (which it does every day in Nigeria and never gets cleaned up)  no one cares.  NIMBY

June 24, 2010
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Id be picking u pthat oil off the beach and taking it home to put in my car.  It's like free money all over the beach. Yea baby.

June 24, 2010
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@Scottmtd...didn't your mother teach you "if you can't say something nice, just keep your mouth shut"

 

This is devastation on many levels...the sand is just one.  I have visited many beaches along the gulf coast, Pensacola, PCB, Destin, Ft. Walton, St. George Island, just to name a few.  This is heartbreaking...from the fisherman, to the brown pelican and other ocean life that will die as a result.  What I truly don't understand is why some sort of contingency plan wasn't in place in the event of a catastrophe...

June 24, 2010
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Oil companies do not care. They do not live on the beach.

 

Their mantra is "Drill, Baby, Drill"

 

Yesterday the cap was supposedly knocked off, yeah right; I do not believe it was an accident. They were really trying to find a way to savage the oil drill and not stop the flow.

 

If the oil companies were worried at all about loosing profit and damage to their bottom line, something would have been done the day the oil started gushing. It is just not in their interest to advance the costs to stop the oil leak.

 

BP has other oil rigs collecting oil and vast amounts of profits. The government should shut down all of the BP oil rigs until this mess is stopped and totally cleaned up.

 

June 24, 2010
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What do you think of "drill baby, drill" now?  Are oil profits really worth destroying the entire gulf coast and it's economy?  Maybe it's time to shift our efforts into something that doesn't have the capability to destroy our land and people's lives.

June 24, 2010
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The beaches aren't being sand-bagged, and bulldozers & sand dredges aren't being used, because the Federal Government is prohibiting their use, until further studies can be done.  Hint, a stroke of the pen by someone who has the power, but lacks the backbone, could have remedied this.  The same goes for accepting foreign aid that was offered, but refused.  What's worse, ALL of the efforts to date, have been expended to somehow cap the well, but keep it flowing, instead of stopping the leak.  Therein lies the fault of both BP and the Feds thinking, or lack of it.  Having grown up in Pensacola, and later Hawaii, and now living in Louisiana, it pains me greatly to see this travesty occurring.  What pains me more is to see the likes of the illiterate Switters01's of this forum, go partisan and rant about "drill baby drill" when in all probability, they are driving a gas guzzler extra distance just to make that extra 0.50 cents per hour, and thinking nothing of environmental conservation.  Furthermore, it is truely unfair that the southern gulf coast states, California, and the few mid-western oil producing states, are regularily robbed of their oil & gas resources, at the expense of the remainder of the USA constituents, whose states get equal shares in federal oil & gas revenue taxes from offshore leases and such, at the expense of the bordering states who suffer from the loss of their resources.  Totally unfair.  Yet when catastrophe happens, the Switters01's of the world are the first to throw partisan blame like they are better than those in the area affected.  Long overdue, those of us in those oil producing states are coming to a consensus, its time to shut off the tap, for the remainder of those states who REFUSE to drill in their states, or off of their own shores, while continuing to suck off of our resources like the leaches that they are.  Its time for a consensus of oil producing states to shut off the tap, and say to those "drill baby drill" teasers, to "freeze in the dark, baby freeze" this winter, without our supplied heating oil and natural gas for your electric powered power plants, and the cheap under $3.50 gas per gallon you were used to getting before we take action.  After a few months of that, those of you who survive, may be a bit more gracious and less phesecious.  Seditious, no....but way overdue and about time to happen.  The only way for action is for those states affected to take the action, since the Feds are doing nothing but as Rhom says, "not letting a good crisis go to waste".  Now critics, what would you do if THAT happens?   

June 24, 2010
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I don't think for a second that Tony Hayward cares.  As for Nigeria, well, Africa is an easy place to get away with anything corporations can think of.  No regulations and easy to bribe broke govt. officials. Africans have told me that they are not surprised by the gulf oil spill becasue this happens all the time in Africa.

June 24, 2010
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Drill Baby Drill... Why are they so quiet?

June 24, 2010
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Wow Hemi1 that is some rant.  How long did it take you to write that.

June 24, 2010
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does anyone know who first said drill baby drill? Or was it invented by cnn?

June 24, 2010
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There has been a lot of discussion and confusion regarding the quantity of crude oil flowing from the damaged wellhead.  For a 19 inch diameter pipe, flowing at full capacity, and assuming the flow is 100% crude (which we know it isn't), you only have to accurately measure the velocity of the oil as it leaves the pipe.  For every 1 foot per second (fps) of velocity, the well will discharge 33,763 barrels per day (bpd) of crude (less depending on how much of the flow is gas).  So at a flow rate of 2 fps and a worst case scenario, it will discharge 67,526 bpd, and at 3 fps it will exceed 100,000 bpd.  Seems to me we have all spent enough time analyzing the flow rate; we should be concentrating on how to contain and/or stop the flow until the relief wells are complete, and on how to minimize the amount of oil that reaches our beaches and other sensitive areas within the ecosystem that supports us.  Chris W.

June 24, 2010
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Get the darn Army Corps of Engineers in there to drop their 5,000 ton block on it like they said they were ready to do 3 weeks ago.  This is Obama's "Katrina".  I hereby retract my vote that I placed for him.  He has failed to follow through on his promise of energy reform and green directives.  This falls right under that umbrella in my eyes.  Also, like the hierarchy of Government, Corporations succumb to the same disease of bureaucracy so the finger-pointing will get us no-where as current events are PROVING.  Obama, just do it...cap that thing and ignore the Jone's law. ACT!!! The Government can get retribution via litigation by a "People Versus BP" lawsuit.  It's very possible and has happened before!

June 24, 2010
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We knew that this was going to happen... it was everyone's nightmare.  All those beautiful white beaches fouled with sticky smelly oil.  What can we do to stop this... most of us feel so helpless... and still the oil is pouring into the Gulf of Mexico.

June 24, 2010
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@ FriesWitDat - Again not being an oil expert I didnt realize it was only 2% that reached the surface...oil in general floats on water due to its density so that number is surprisingly low.  How about directing it to the surface with a pipe?

June 24, 2010
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We need to keep drilling. The GOP donations from big oil depend on it. This oil will go away in 100 or 150 rears so don't worry about it. We have a GOP judge that says we don't have to make sure it's safe to keep drilling so...KEEP DRILLING!

June 24, 2010
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BILLYIDLE...You are soooooo IGNORANT

June 24, 2010
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See what drill baby drill gets you??? Go ahead and vote out some more democrats and see what else the republicans can deregulate and then summarily destroy once they are elected. Face it they don't care about you, me, or anyone else except the people funding their PACS and big business giving them their kickbacks....

June 24, 2010
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People that thing the world is ending in 2012 are idiots.  That is NOT what the Mayans predicted!!!!  (Facepalm)

June 24, 2010
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Why is anybody apposed to the MORATORIUM? The moratorium is away to PREVENT future oils spills by INSPECTING the conditions of the other oil wells. It is heartbreaking to see what is happening to the Florida coast. I completely support a permenant BAN on all off-shore drilling. My hopes are that others will feel the same way.

June 24, 2010
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Wow!! Thanks Mr Obama for BEING IN CONTROL of the worst thing to ever hit this country!!! YOU should have done something months ago!! WHAT a complete disappointment you have been, this is YOUR HISTORY!!!

June 24, 2010
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Now that this judge has lifted the ban on the oil rigs, you've haven't seen nothing yet....God forbid if another one or 2 oil rigs explode besides this one that they can't stop,the Gulf is going to become just like the Dead Sea in Jerusalem...all for the sake of a dollar bill..man is truly going to destroy himself because of his ignorance, greed and stupidity.....

June 24, 2010
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I can't believe we haven't been able to stop this thing from gushing oil for over 60 days now. This is embarassing and painful to watch. All of the wildlife in that area are suffering and dying with every passing minute that goes by.

 

It makes me sick to my stomach that our greed for oil has left us with this mess.

 

God help us all...

June 24, 2010
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YOU KNOW I WAS BORN IN FLORIDA AND LOVE THAT STATE WITH ALL MY HEART AND I HAVE NEVER BEEN SO DESTROYED BY THE LACK OF TRUE CONCERN FOR AN ISSUE THAT MAY NEVER BE RESOLVED,EVEN IF WE SUCCESFULY CLEAN THIS UP HOW LONG WILL IT TAKE FOR THE ECOSYSTEM TO RECOVER I REMEMBER A SHOW I WATCHED ON A DEBATE ON WETHER DRILLING SHOULD BE ALLOWED IN THE GREAT BARRIER REEF NOT EVEN WEEKS BEFORE THE OIL SPILL THERE AND HOW OIL DRILLING WOULD NEVER BE ALLOWD THERE BUT WE ALLOW DRILLING IN OUR WATERS SEEMINGLY WITHOUT PROTOCALS TO AVOID OR EVEN DEAL WITH A DISASTER LIKE THIS YET HERE WE ARE SITTING AROUND WAITING FOR THE NEXT GREAT IDEA TO FAIL ONLY TO END UP  BACK WHERE WE STARTED NOW WITH OIL DESTROYING THE STATE AND BEACHES I LOVED AS A CHILD IV NEVER POSTED A BLOG IN MY LIFE IM 24 AND BY NO MEANS POLITICAL WHICH I FEEL ITS IMPORTANT THAT THIS REACH SOMEONE THOUGH I KNOW ITS BUT A FAINT DREAM THAT MY WEAK AND INSIGNIFACANT WORDS REACH ANYONE FURTHER THEN THE TIPS OF MY FINGERS YET IN THIS I ONLY FEAR THE WORST IT YET TO COME BEING WHEN AND "IF" THIS IS EVER RESOLVED 10 YEARS OR 20 YEARS IT WILL HAPPEN AGAIN WHY; SIMPPLY BEACUSE THATS IM SURE NOT THE ONLY RIG IN THE GULF THATS DRILLING WITHOUT THE PROPER PROTOCOLS TO DEAL WITH AN ISSUE LIKE THIS AND AS THE OLD ATTIGE GOES HISTORY REAPEATS ITSELF AND WERE TO STUPID A SPECIES TO LEARN.

June 24, 2010
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you all want your oil, now you got it on your beaches. congratulations, america! bravo

June 24, 2010
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You know what is really disapointing is that CNN puts on a telethon that no one really knew about, and it only raised $1.8 million dollars. I know every penny counts but for a disaster of this magnitude to happen in our own country and this is all we got?  Just alone in America we sent nearly $377 million dollars to Haiti. I think we need to step up our efforts as country and do what we can.  I also think BP should rot in hell. I guess we can't always get what we want.

June 24, 2010
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Whatever happened to those electric cars? This would not of happened if we had to oppertunity to buy those cars from the documentary "Who Killed The Electric Car"

June 24, 2010
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Oil came ashore on Pensacola Beach yesterday. (Where my parents lived for years, before moving elsewhere in FL)  Today it DEVASTATES Pensacola.  I can't wait 'til tomorrow's report.

June 24, 2010
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Stop blaming this oil spill on President Obama and blame it on the people who are responsible...BP...What could have President Obama done that he hasn't already?..You peole want to use him as a scaprgoat for everything...So, if you was president, what would you have done?..Oh I thought so..nothing..cheap talk cost nothing....

June 24, 2010
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There's an old saying of don't toss out the baby with the bathwater.  Do some research.  BP has had ongoing problems in the oil industry and oil refinery business, with the likes of the gulf well, the texas city BP refinery explosion and those refineries of thiers with huge OHSA write-ups.  They need to fix their problems.  Other oil companies seem much more responsible, with better drilling records.  Face it, this country will need oil to drive on, for quite a while, until they figure out how to convert to either natural gas or fuel cells or the like.  Germany has 80% solar in thier housing, but they still live on the gasoline nipple.  We could do better, and should, but not by fingerpointing, and believing that legislation will cure anything.  It never has before.  Most change was brought about by entrepaneurs & inventors, NOT legislators.  Offer the right profits from inventions, and change will happen, but never thru political promises.

June 24, 2010
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The South Texas barrier islands in the 70's look almost this bad on occasion and healed themselves to a pristine state.  Not defending BP but this type of thing has happened before. 

June 24, 2010
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Come on people. Yes this is not a happy moment, but some of you need to be grounded into reality as to what sad really is. Eventually it will be cleaned up, and you can all laze on the white sandy beaches and drink 5 dollar coffee. Continue to fight to make sure BP cleans up this mess. Yes it is a big deal, but life will go on.

June 24, 2010
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You want to see Corporate environmental devastation? Come to Youngstown, Ohio or Toledo, or Detroit. You'll see vast streches of polluted land, abandoned neighborhoods, dead downtowns, rivers & lakes with no life in the water.

June 24, 2010
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Considering that almost all of Santa Rosa Island (the island on which Pensacola Beach is located) is nothing but that glorious, white sand, Just how much of the island would DDTWINCITIES recommend we bulldoze, and how long does he/she think it would take?

June 24, 2010
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Very easy to blame Obama...he took 65 days to address the problem and meet with BP...65 darn days, do you know that?  Also, he's the commander in chief and had the direct power to mobilize the Army Corps of Engineers, you know...those guys that fixed some of the levies in New Orleans.  So yeah, I will blame Obama, what makes it worse?  I voted for this idiot. 

June 24, 2010
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Viduraic  Of course we need alternate energy sources. But what do we do now?? The USA has plenty of oil reserves. We could supply the USA a couple hundred years on our reserves. As much as oil cost there are not any other sources as inexpensive. If solar and wind were economically feasible the government would not have to provide grants to everyone to build wind mills and solar panels. There will never be enough wind and solar to power our energy needs. You are severely mistaken if you think Texas has enough wind and the Mojave desert enough sun to power the USA or half the USA. You need to become educated on this subject and get real. If you tax oil and coal it will only lower the standard of living and not do anything to develop other sources of energy. Yes Europe has other sources of energy, like nuclear. But environmentalist here won't allow us to build nuclear plants or they make it cost prohibitive. And those European alternate energy sources are subsidized by their respective socialist governments. Have you checked to see the unemployment rate in Europe? It is double digits and has been for many many years. Guess those alternate energy sources didn't create very many new jobs. You want to sacrifice, stop driving your vehicle, turn off all power sources to your home, don't purchase any thing (as it is all supplied by transportation). You need to get real and get educated.  

June 24, 2010
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It's time for people to start pushing "Anti-Trust" laws.  This is one of the very reasons we aren't supposed to let companies get that big.

June 24, 2010
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YEA I DONT FEEL ITS OBAMAS FAULT AT ALL HE WASNT THE ONE ALLOWD THESE RIGS TO BE THERE HES JUST THE FALL GUY WHICH I THINK REALLY WAS THE PLAN ALL ALONG THIS COUNTRY WAS IN A CRISIS AND WHO BETTER THEN THE FIRST BLACK PRESIDENT TO BE RESPONSABLE FOR THE DEMISE OF A GREAT NATION HOWEVER HE DOES NEED TO STOP BEING STUBBORN AND ACCEPT ANY HELP HE CAN GET CAUSE WE ARE LOSEING THIS FIGHT TO NOTHING BUT PAPERWORK AND FINGER POINTING THIS WILL EITHER BE HIS DEFINEING MOMENT OR THE REASON HE FAILED AS A PRESIDENT AND HE BETTER DECIDE WHICH

June 24, 2010
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Quit freaking whining and also quit being so coldhearted about the situation.  People on both sides of the problem are being idiots.  Yes we need oil for the things we use in our everyday lives but the manufacturers and corporations need to be responsible and accountable for conducting business safely and ethically.  Yet, at the same time we need to have alternative energy sources so we are not so dependent upon oil and oil products.  Corporations need to stop and think about the consequences of short-cuts and conducting business just for the sake of profit.

 

The animals are dying and they don't give a crap about politics and how much it costs for you to put a gallon of gas in your car.  How can any person feel no sympathy for an animal who has never hurt anyone or anything that is dying a horrible death covered in or being poisoned by ingesting the oil.  Any person who doesn't care about the animals and people being affected by this crisis shouldn't even be considered a human being.  In my opinion those people are a sub-species of human beings uncapable of intelligent thought, compassion or empathy.

 

Also, quit making it a right-wing versus left-wing situation.  For the span of time political parties have been blaming each other for the current problems.  Each admistration is going to screw up one way or another (no matter what political party they belong to), but don't you think they could do their jobs a little easier if people would cooperate rather than focus only on their own agenda and try to divide the nation.  A bird only sees the land and freedom as it flies, the humans draw the boarders and divide the country.  So don't you think the birds are more worthy of the help.

 

June 24, 2010
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I wonder how fast it would have gotten plugged in 500 feet of water instead of 5000? Thank goodness the envrionmentalists were there to fight drilling close to shore, and pushed them away from the coast so they had to drill really deep. Now any problems that do happen are exponentially more difficult to solve.

Of course with over 5,000 rigs in the gulf and no accidents before (ever), no one probably ever thought this could happen. Sheesh!

June 24, 2010
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QH1

Recently watched "Gasworld" on HBO - about Halliburton's gas exploration throughout the USA...causing illness, nausea, cancers, pollution, clean water turned into poison...for the love of money...disregarding citizens...creating health hazards without oversight...hiding behind land leases and legalese...ruining our country and its people.

Whether by land and/or sea, corporate greed is killing the rest of us.

Only Superman could plug the hole a mile deep!

He's not here anymore and the government laws that should protect us all have only been used by the huge corporate leaders to manipulate the system, changing our health, our dreams, our earth.

If I have to pay the city $150 for a building permit to install a new roof and that fee covers the town building inspector to check off the approved installation at each stage, imagine how many of those thousands of rigs have gotten away with what has turned out to be the murderr of the rig workers and the death of our land & seas?

It's an American shame!

June 24, 2010
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As a person dedicating their life to the development of alternative fuels, someone who daily studies the complex interactions of energy markets, I hate to inform people of this very sad fact.  It takes an event, like this, with pain and suffering, and more importantly, widespread economic devastation, which very well may happen, if this administration succeeds in their moratorium, to get people to change their ways.  Even though the technology exist to change America to a self sustaining energy country, the desire will never be there as long as oil is cheap.  That may be about to change.  Lets hope this administration is suicidal enough to make moves like blocking the production of oil in this country, seriously hiking up prices.

June 24, 2010
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Pensacola Beach is one of the most pristine in the world with fine sugar white sand and pure gulf waters.  This is so heart breaking to see. 

June 24, 2010
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Biodot, Pensacola has chosen not to invest in becoming a major port.  We have one of the best natural harbors on the Gulf, yet that is the decision we made.  Galveston is a large port.  Large port, large port waste, ugly water.  Sorry, but that's just the way it is.  Mobile Bay, New Orleans, Baltimore Harbor, New York City, Hong Kong, etc. all chose to be port-supported cities and they all have ugly water.

June 24, 2010
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QH1

Remember that TV commercial from the 60's where an Indian sat overlooking a canyon with a tear dripping down from his eye?

 

THAT ad was about LITTER!

 

How many tears would that Indian have NOW?

June 24, 2010
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I was at St Georges Island the week the spill took place, very close to Pensacola. My aunt owns a a house she rents out for vacationers. My heart goes out to all effected by this madness.

June 24, 2010
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I'm not making it right versus left...this is a factual issue.

 

Reality:  The Major General of the Army Corps of Engineers stated in a press interview 3 weeks ago that they had the means to cap this thing.  All they needed was an order from the Commander in Chief, Obama.  He has done NOTHING.  Also, not deploying all skimmers to the gulf because they may be needed elsewhere???  Come on!!!  THINK!!!

June 24, 2010
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This entire scene is truly heartbreaking and we will see the effects form many decades. Dan Rather did an excellent documentary on this spill (I believe it was on "WE") The damage to the beaches are just the tip of the iceburg. My main issue with this was the lack of inspections by the Fed's and the lack of direction by this administration, will not even bring up the delays in issuing permits that should have been in place by an executive order from Obama. The "drill baby drill" crowd needs to come up with something constructive rather than sit on the Liberal bandwagon and always blame others for the lack of action by this administration. Obama has no blame for the cause of this spill, his inactions are another story though. The bottom line is that as a nation we need to fix up this mess now, then put the necessary precautions in place to minimize the possibility of ever seeing a repeat. Let's help the people affected by this rather than keep sending money overseas.... Charity starts at home, as citizens we need to demand that it actually happens....

June 24, 2010
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California Beaches are open to tourist! We have no oil on our beaches :-)

June 24, 2010
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It is only a matter of time before the Florida Aquifer is affected. Supplying 90% of the drinking and washing water for residents, businesses, education, health care and the government.

 

Floridians will suffer far greater than the Gulf States that profit from their partnership with Big Oil. I'd like to see that Judge from LA who cleared the way for deep water drilling take a dip in Pensacola water with the weasel Marc Rubio.

The challenge that Rubio made, to come up with a better way to get the energy, has been promoted each time the Oil industry either takes profits, screws something up or a politician is caught with money in their hand.

Solar, electric, wind, hydrogen, plant, you can name a dozen or so technologies that the government, big oil and the US auto industry will fight to keep from being developed.

 

I promise you this, when Miami, Daytona Beach, and the rest of Florida's east coast experience what Pensacola is suffering through today, there is a real risk of violence erupting and spreading through out the Gulf of Mexico, and the southern half of the east coast.

 

Men and women, anxious for work, or living paycheck to paycheck have a fuse that can be lit even underwater or soaked in oil. Especially when the single most looked upon low budget activity is to enjoy the water and the beach along with our fellow Floridians and the Tourist we look forward to treating like family.

 

If you have a belief in a higher being that guides you through ethical and moral judgment, pray that the morally and ethically bankrupt judges, oil Industry and politicians are summoned to their side for judgment.

 

Hey I could have said, pray they drop dead or go to hell. But I'd rather see everyone accepted by the hand of God and man whole again.

 

 

 

June 24, 2010
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I don't blame Obama for this spill, I blame him for not mobilizing the Army Corps of Engineers 3 weeks ago...The guy is an idiot, did he not make a statement "We'll return the gulf to a better condition than before the spill!"  Sounds like weightless words to me...

 

Saul Alinsky anyone?

June 24, 2010
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Did you know that in 2004 Hurricane Ivan caused 26 oil wells to leak into the Gulf of Mexico, and that some of them are still leaking today, 6 years later.

June 24, 2010
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Disregarding the blame game......This is completely sad.

June 24, 2010
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In 1910, there was an oil spill off the coast of California. 324 Million gallons of oil were spilled.

Having grown up here, and having NEVER having heard about this until the Gulf spill.

My point is, if that spill did not destroy the coastline , neither will this. Time and modern technology will clean this up.

June 24, 2010
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:( used to be pretty.

June 24, 2010
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It does no good to stand there with your hands on your cheeks going "OH NO!". If the FEDS will let you, get out there and start cleaning this mess up, don't wait around. Also, the beach is not ruined FOREVER. The sand can be sifted, the tarballs removed and the sand returned. Bulldozing it and covering it up will not work. Americans used to be the "can do" people, but we are now a bunch of scared, whining sheep frozen by fear of everything around them.

June 24, 2010
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I think anyone who utters the words drill, baby drill is doomed to be tarred and feathered with Gulf oil.  Its long past the time we got off of petroleum.  I heard T. Boone Pickens speaking the other day.  He said that we have enough natural gas to power all our vehicles.  What the hey are we waiting for?

June 24, 2010
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(Facepalm) 

 

This is FAR more than 324 million gallons...Most of it is underwater and near currents that can carry it around the coast of Florida...

 

Regardless...speak for yourself, we have better beaches than California anyway...

June 24, 2010
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Boy, I'll bet the sunshine and fresh oil....er, ummm, fresh air was wonderful! A Texas oil man would take a whiff and say, "That thar's the smell of muuuney, son!"

 

I know I want to take my summer vacation to Pennzoil-cola.

June 24, 2010
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Why haven't the tea-bagging, anti-Govt, pro-oil-Corporation folks come to Florida at their own expense to help clean this mess up?

June 24, 2010
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We will get what we deserve based on our greed. But we will move on from this too. We always do. There is nothing that can stop America from overcoming such obstacles. And who above wrote "this is what we get for stealing Iraqs oil"? Hell,with the terrorists and all the devout Muslim's we have nothing in common with, they are lucky we are just stealing and not destroying. A THANK YOU would be more in order. 

June 24, 2010
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Anyone see the movie Into the Wild?  I'm about to do the same...this society is so screwed up, it's like a cold civil war.  I'm sick of it.

June 24, 2010
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Sadly, it appears the prophecy given to Nancy Fowler  in Conyers, GA on January 26, 1994, has been fulfilled.

 

From Jesus: "My children, you have ignored God long enough. Woe be to the inhabitants of the earth. With a mighty blow I will pound the earth, earthquake after earthquake, volcanoes will erupt, tidal waves, famine. The water will become polluted in many places. Diseases, every kind of affliction awaits this sinful generation. You choose to sin of your own free will, then with your own free will you will suffer."

 

This is heart wrenching, I love Florida.

June 24, 2010
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You had better beaches than California....Slick

June 24, 2010
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bkbeach4x4  How is the Florida aquifer going to be affected???  Hydrogen, solar, wind, and any other sources are much to expensive. If they were competitive or less expensive than oil someone would producing without a government grant to help pay the cost. As far as violence erupting, maybe in south Florida, but not here in northwest Florida. We are a different class of people than south Florida. 

June 24, 2010
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Why aren't Palin and that moron judge holding "Drill Baby Drill rallies on these beaches?

June 24, 2010
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I can't believe that this seems to slowly be taking a back seat in terms of media coverage and political focus.  People seem to have become immune.  This is a disaster in progress, and neither BP or Washington seems to care enough nor have enough skill to stop this thing and prevent the environmental damage from spreading.  The leaders at BP and in Washington should be on trial for their ineptitude. 

June 24, 2010
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DaLuchie  Why didn't the government come down here within a few days and take control? Why didn't the current administration correct the cozy relationship between agencies and big oil? Why did the Clinton administration cut a deal with big oil and allow them to drill in deep water and pay less? (Which started the deep water drilling). Get real.

June 24, 2010
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I think there are three root causes, all of which involve human greed, that led to this environmental disaster.

 

One of course is the profit motive of BP.

 

The second is the greedy (and sheer stupid) refusal of Americans (and some others) to consider a realistic carbon tax (and an offsetting reduction in other taxes), in which the users of the product would pay for all of its external costs (military as well as environmental).

 

The third root cause is the explosion in the human population of the planet since the dawn of the industrial age 200 years ago. When you have, now, 7 billion people wanting to live the good life, well of course there will be mounting pressures to obtain resources in ever more difficult and sensitive places.

June 24, 2010
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Take a deep look inside. We are all reading this article on a machine powered by petroleum energy and manufactured using petroleum-based  products. You have the power. You can either use it or line up for your iPhone.

June 24, 2010
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Hey, I just got the new iphone 4. Now I can video all the oil and sludge washing ashore in HD quality. I'm so excited!

June 24, 2010
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It's sad that America is just rolling over and taking this abuse from BP. Just goes to show that big money trumps government, every time.

June 24, 2010
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Army Corps of Engineers openly stated they have the technology and that it is not "Rocket Science".

 

Hurricane hits Gulf, Storm surge pushes oil-tainted water over a mile inland, it seems through soil and enters aquifer system.  There's your answer.  MANY people in the Panhandle use direct aquifer taps for tap water.  This is a very bad scenario.

 

I swear, some people can't critically think...

 

June 24, 2010
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I read stories like this and I am HORRIFIED!  Not at the oil, but at people that think this is so bad!  We just had millions upon millions of gallons of crude released in the gulf,  so I believe this is nothing.  Just wait until the beaches are knee deep in it and millions of dead, stinking carcasses wash up...save some tears!

June 24, 2010
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I can not believe the asinine comment by "rozarlive" above (6th from top) "yep, that is what u get for trying to steal iraq's oil."  In the midst of mostly thoughtful well-intended comments regarding this heartbreaking situation, yours really stands out.  Are you perhaps a member of some terrorist organization, or just a simple minded dimwited America-hater?

June 24, 2010
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Cupcake---you can't have it both ways.  The fact is Nobama has blocked all efforts to stop the leak.  Why?  Just check his Congressional voting record:  more "Present" votes than "Yea" and "Nay" combined!  The man can't make a decision.  Oh, by the way, typing everything on email or post in all caps is considered extreeeemely rude.  It is equated to screaming at an individual.  One or two words for emphasis is OK.  Can the Caps Lock key.  The oil (I'm a Pensacola native) is insulting enough without all the pea-wits adding to it.

 

And to those telling us it's our fault for voting Republican:  Have you given up driving your gas-gussler?  Is your air-conditioning at 70 or is it at 75? 

June 24, 2010
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Well, all you gulf coast residents are probably repugnantcans. You were all for "Drill, Baby Drill" during the last presidential election cycle. So, you got your wish and you are getting what sometimes goes along with that wish. So, suck it up, shut up and deal with it.

June 24, 2010
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There are way TOOOOO many viewpoints in our political climate for a dual-party system.  Our political system is in dire need of change I think...and NOT socialist change, we need to keep our free-market economy, but STRESS Corporate AND Government responsibility.  After all, both Corporations AND Government are tainted by human incompetence and bureaucratic rigidity.  People often wonder why I've grown so apathetic to BOTH the public and private sector. 

June 24, 2010
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"DRILL BABY DRILL" @ it's best. hope your party is happy now! the judge says get those drills back up and pumping.

June 24, 2010
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Sorry, I think I got the name wrong:  It's Cupcheck, not Cupcake.  Maybe a Fraudian slip.

June 24, 2010
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UCFKnightman  Do you have any idea of what is going into the aquifer now??  Oil seeping through the soil should be the last of your worries. At least wait until a hurricane hits. It is amazing how weak minded some people are.

June 24, 2010
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But I thought the media was over-hyping the oil situation in the Gulf

 

/snark font

June 24, 2010
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The beach will clean up, the long term damage will mitigate and life will go on.

 

This whole episode plays right into the anti oil peoples plans. The politicians cant price it out of reach by taxing it like they did tobacco  because they know they will be voted out of office. This disaster though opens the doors to regulating it to a price point where the alternates will be economical. This is the Only way these people will make their point.

 

We need to use alternate forms of energy without question, however forcing the issue through artificial pricing structures will cause a social and economic upheaval.

June 24, 2010
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If you cannot see that this the largest call to clean renewable energy, creating new jobs, and cleaning up the planet, then I can only say may God have mercy on your soul.

June 24, 2010
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truthforture

 

The Florida Aquifer is one of the largest water systems in the world. There are several tributaries that access the Gulf of Mexico. Since you are up north you are aware of the springs? In the southern gulf coast, just past Ft Myers is what is called the salt water intrusion zone. This area has made the water supply from that area of the Aquifer undrinkable, but holding some industrial benefit.

The spill, as of today has been kept from entering the fresh water due to work done by county leaders in north western Florida. If we are unlucky enough to see another Ivan power hurricane the Aquifer is at greater risk for contamination. Also, once the beach clean up begins, similar to Louisiana's disposal of the oil spill and toxins, (less toxic once it reaches Florida, but still a threat en mass, ) the debris will be dumped in sites within Florida selected for the depth needed to store the materials to allow for degrading over a period of time.

 

Unfortunately, as is often the case toxic or oil waste could enter the drinkable water through these underground shale pockets such as is suspected to be a threat that faces LA today. Literally we in Florida do not have the storage facilities to handle such a massive spill.

June 24, 2010
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The problem we face here is NOT about politics.  It is NOT due to poor quality control, or poor engineering.  What is the source of this problem?  MONEY.

 

People want oil, and people can offer this because they can make profit.  The source of the problem is the fact that we WANT THINGS.

 

Your Ipod, your Car, the electricity powering your 'energy efficient light".  If you truly want to save the environment, let go of all your possessions, and find happiness inside.  And grow your own broccoli and eat it.

June 24, 2010
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The Judge who made this ruling owns large volumes of stock in many different oil companies.

June 24, 2010
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I demand that BP stop the use of dispersants immediately.  All they have done is make matters worse by allowing the oil to disperse all over the Gulf of Mexico.  Had it been left in a more coagulated form we could've possibly contained it and even recovered it from the water, but now, the Gulf may never recover.

June 24, 2010
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Hall - I applaud your efforts and any attention you can bring to this matter - it HAS to be cleaned up and dealt with NOW!

 

However, I would be curious to hear what type of car you drive? There are so many reporters and "people that care about the environment" but are in their 20's and drive these big rig SUV's.

 

My wife and I have tried to figure out ways to use less oil. We have CFL and LED light bulbs throughout our home (40% of electricity is generated using Fossil Fuels!). Also my wife drives a Prius and put gas in every 3-4 weeks.

 

I drive an MR2 spyder as my "toy" and that still gets 28mpg when I drive it hard. It gets north of 30mpg.

 

I wish that more people would see that if we decreased our oil consumption, we wouldn't have to drill in so many places! 50% less oil wells means 50% less chances at having a spill!

June 24, 2010
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Please write the white house.

 

I believe it time to call in National Guard, FEMA, world-wide assistance- whatever it takes for help in the Gulf. This is suicidal to let BP or any oil interest for that matter, run this thing. Our pandering to oil and gas is now starting to kill our environment.

We people know what's going on and how ominous this is.

The ocean is the basis of life- this will be our Easter Island.

Jobs/profits/lobbyists/shareholders/corporations...are not more important than our environment and life itself.

The gig is up.

Close the rest of the ocean wells now.

 

June 24, 2010
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I am a 16 year old girl, living in northern IL. honestly i have cried countless times because of this disaster.. when i turned CNN on the tv the day the spill started i sat in my living room and thought i need to help. My brother who is 15 and I have been begging our mother to pick up and relocate down there..the fact is it's not that easy. If i could i would be down there for the next 30 year cleaning up all the oil. i want to dedicate my life to helping this cause. I see the pictures of the birds covered in oil and it breaks my heart into pieces. I cant beleive we let our greediness for money, destroy our beautiful planet :( the gulf will most likely never recover from this..and if they do i can promise you i wont be this 16 year old girl, ill be 40 sumthing still watching this happen. As far as BP goes, Tony Hayward should get the death sentence, drownd him in oil and see how he feels. "I want my life back!" yeah well so would all the people that you screwed over with this. All the animals would like to not be coverd in oil!! Your the reason people disappoint me. You all should be ashamed of yourselves!! The sad thing about humanity.. is we have forgotten that we need this planet just as bad as the fish birds bugs and plants. w/o one thing another will also disappear.My heart goes your to the family all over the coast, as well as the family of the workers killed in the explosion back in april. I can only hope.. that we can stop this before it's to late to be saved, if it already isnt to late.

With love,

Tiffany

June 24, 2010
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I wonder if that Judge in New Orleans has ever seen Pensacola Beach. ...or Orange Beach. Or Gulf Shores?

June 24, 2010
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Humanly speaking, this was a man-made disaster.  However, in the grand scheme of providence, it's a judgement from God akin to the plagues of Egypt because of our national wickedness.  You name it and we tolerate and embrace it: the American holocaust of abortion, homosexuality, adultery and lack of faithfulness on a massive scale, lying and cheating the government, using the government to steal what belongs to others (people taking benefits they didn't earn by taxing others and unqualified persons gaining federal and state jobs becasue they are women or minorities).  Almost everyone is a liar and everyone is a theif.  What did we expect?  Did we actually think that God was dead?  Well He is not dead and He is letting us know that now.  This is a national calamity like the plagues of Egypt, and if we do not repent there will be another and another and another until we are utterly destroyed.

June 24, 2010
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Everyone is fussing about they should do this or that...but what are you doing other than throwing out words with no action behind them.  Don't throw blame on anyone if you aren't willing to do something yourselves to make this world a better place.  I spend the majority of my free time volunteering in animal rescue and work a second job to help pay veterinary bills for the rescue group.  I see the everyday cruelty that this world inflicts on innocent animals, but I don't just whine about it I actually get out there to try to make a difference.  No I can't save the lives of all the animals, but I make a difference to the ones that I do. 

 

You may not be able to save the world, but at least try to make a difference in your community.  Quit sitting on the computer complaining about what others are doing and go out there and volunteer. Do anything other than trying to divide the world and focus on the negative.

June 24, 2010
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OK I'll be the first to say it, or better yet, ask the question.

 

Even with the Oil spill and a need for energy independence, is it worth paying $3500 for a Segway?

June 24, 2010
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Humanly speaking, this was a man-made disaster.  However, in the grand scheme of providence, it's a judgement from God akin to the plagues of Egypt because of our national wickedness. 

 

You name it and we tolerate and embrace it: the American holocaust of abortion, homosexuality, adultery and lack of faithfulness on a massive scale, lying and cheating the government, using the government to steal what belongs to others (people taking benefits they didn't earn by taxing others and unqualified persons gaining federal and state jobs becasue they are women or minorities).  Almost everyone is a liar and everyone is a theif. 

 

What did we expect?  Did we actually think that God was dead?  Well He is not dead and He is letting us know that now.  This is a national calamity like the plagues of Egypt, and if we do not repent there will be another and another and another until we are utterly destroyed.

June 24, 2010
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I pray for BP, the Judge who is letting this happen AGAIN, the government, and President Obama to get past the politics and for once see that we have to do everything possible to stop the oil gush. Quit talking money, quit talking politics, and President, do your job. I voted for you, but can honestly say that you have lost my support and I will not be voting for you again. I will be voting Independent because that is how I feel that things get done the right way around here. How sad that America is so divided between Money/Politics and doing the right thing. It will all come to light at the end, and I feel the end is near.

June 24, 2010
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wyomingguy lets just dump a fiftyfive gallon of oil in your sandbox and then we can say to you "The sandbox will clean up, the long term damage will mitigate and life will go on".

 

most of these folk are looking more on the today damage. then bright sunny "tomorrow"

June 24, 2010
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GOD'S JUDGEMENT

Humanly speaking, this was a man-made disaster.  However, in the grand scheme of providence, it's a judgement from God akin to the plagues of Egypt because of our national wickedness. 

 

You name it and we tolerate and embrace it: the American holocaust of abortion, homosexuality, adultery and lack of faithfulness on a massive scale, lying and cheating the government, using the government to steal what belongs to others (people taking benefits they didn't earn by taxing others and unqualified persons gaining federal and state jobs becasue they are women or minorities).  Almost everyone is a liar and everyone is a theif. 

 

What did we expect?  Did we actually think that God was dead?  Well He is not dead and He is letting us know that now.  This is a national calamity like the plagues of Egypt, and if we do not repent there will be another and another and another until we are utterly destroyed.

 

June 24, 2010
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Such a tragedy -- not to mention the wildlife, but there will also be a trickle-down effect to human life and livelihood to an extent only those who make their living on the Gulf in one way or another have even conceived.  We'll be paying for this for decades.  Why are there still people out there who want to continue off-shore drilling & depend on oil?  What don't you get?

June 24, 2010
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Lol, the god-fearing fool doesn't want women or minorities to get jobs.  Typical fanatic religious oppression.

June 24, 2010
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Hal008

 

Never ask the question Did you actually thing God is Dead.

God exist, but as for having life, the only incarnat5ion of God that experienced, "life," was Jesus.

Life and God don't mix, that is why we are rewarded after we leave these mortal shells to decay on earth.

 

So Segway, yes or no?

June 24, 2010
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It's amazing that Cuba is already gearing up to address this issues the minute it hits their shores, but I get a feeling american states along the coast are just sorta "waiting" for when it hits. Its been 2 months, and you'd think each state would have action plans in place. I guess everyone just figured it'd get fixed. Someone else would take care of it.

June 24, 2010
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And HAL, you're not going to get everyone to repent. So what would be your solution? Crusades 2.0?  I bet you're willing to sanction murder just to get your way.

June 24, 2010
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Come on...

 

There are no MALE-GENDERED, narcissistic, emotionally-childish deities controlling this disaster as a lesson to humanities "sinful ways", this is completely man-made and not fate-driven. Go learn some history.  The Earth is MILLIONS, possibly BILLIONS of years old, not 8,000.  There are no dragons, sea-monsters, imps, fairies, leprechauns, Santa Claus, Easter Bunnies, jackalopes, bigfoots, or chapacabras either...

 

Let's evolve beyond belief people and take responsibility for our own actions as a society. Be realistic.  "Invisible" and "Non-existent" look a lot alike.

June 24, 2010
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The problem we face here is NOT about politics.  It is NOT due to poor quality control, or poor engineering.  What is the source of this problem?  MONEY.

 

People want oil, and people can offer this because they can make profit.  The source of the problem is the fact that we WANT THINGS.

 

Your Ipod, your Car, the electricity powering your 'energy efficient light".  If you truly want to save the environment, let go of all your possessions, and find happiness inside.  And grow your own broccoli and eat it.

 

The Oil Bleeds from the Walls.

June 24, 2010
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FrustratedMI

 

I've been talking to many Gulf Coast hotels and beach authorities in an attempt to go forward with TheSport 4X4 2010 International Beach 4X4 Championships. I'll tell you this, our company can't afford a $275K loss especially since it is the beach tournaments that make up the lion share of our promotional activities.

 

Each and everyone has the same answer. "Our beaches are just fine and even in October when the sporting event is scheduled the oil will have been swept away by the current to the east coast.

 

So yeah I think Florida's beach front and government agencies are trying to put a positive spin of the situation, while at the same time ordering sand bags, bails of hay and booms.

June 24, 2010
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All of you above that state "as long as I have gas in my car I'm happy" or "as long as I get to drive my hummer it's all good". You should be ashamed of yourselves. You are the problem, you are the reason we haven't moved forward in our search for alternative energy. People that make comments like this in a time of crisis, make me ashamed to be an American, what kind of message are we sending to our children...to the world. "We don't care about anything but ourselves and what we own, cause that's the American way". You think this spill is just going to go away when the relief wells are done...you have another thing coming. There are still remnants of oil seeping up through the soil in Valdez, Alaska, 20 YEARS later. 20 YEARS, people! And this spill is 7 TIMES what that was. No, we will be dealing with the aftermath of this for many, many years, maybe the rest of our lifetime, leaving it to our children to clean it up and make things right. What happened to America? What happened to values, morals, hard work, honesty, helping our neighbors, looking out for one another, trust? What happened to what this nation was built on? We really should all be ashamed of what we have become. We will move on from this spill, but I hope we all learn something from it, we haven't been very good about learning from our mistakes in the past, but I pray that we can at least learn from this one. 

June 24, 2010
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The gulf states and the panhandle voted overwhelmingly for the lack of regulation  and "hands off" approach to ANY kind of "big" government regulation that has resulted in the fouling of the gulf (R's and D's alike). You want the oil companies regulating themselves-well you got it. It appears you want more of the same. We in the Florida Keys salute you. 

June 24, 2010
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This is a very sad story.  I am really mad at 'BP' and especially 'BP' CEO Tony Hayward.  If he is truly a man.., he should 'resign' or be fired by the BP Board of Directors and Chairman.  He is a 'disgrace' to BP, the oil industry, Great Britain and the United States.  Mike in Montana

June 24, 2010
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Government and Big Corporations are synonymous...why can't people see this???

June 24, 2010
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I am from Pennsylvannia and have lived in Louisiana for the past 15 years. Pensacola has been our vacation spot. The beaches were the best in the USA and I have been to all the Jersey and California beaches as well as lived in Oahu for two years. This is a catastrophe, what is worse is watching the people walking in the contaminated water from the oil, dispersant, etc... Sickness and disease is definitely going to rise all along the Gulf states, but know they got to have the oil business flowing out there. Our enemy is the oil and chemical industries, wait for the hurricanes in the Gulf this year. It is going to be hotter than ever in this area where the spills are and Hurricanes love the hot humid area.

June 24, 2010
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How DISGUSTING that there is still anybody towing the "we need the oil" line.  CONSERVATION ALONE could save us perhaps 40% of the energy we use--that means turning the temperature up or down a few degrees, driving at 55.  But NO, that wasn't MANLY enough and poor Jimmy Carter got pillaried for supporting it. 

 

It will be interesting to see how AL, MI, FL, and LA vote in the next election, seeing as how this is Big Business ruining the Redneck Riviera

June 24, 2010
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"truthforture Oil rigs off Mexico are not shut down, rigs between Cuba and Florida are not shut down. This is the first major oil spill in the Gulf. We accomplish nothing by stopping drilling except adding to the economic devastation. Don't throwout the baby with the bath water.

The life blood of America is oil and raising prices is not going help America.

And anyone who thinks we were in Iraq to steal oil is not very bright."

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Wow - how did you get that much stupid into one single post?

 

1. THose wells are not in question. We are talking about 33 wells of which only 11 where active. Less than 1% of the wells in the Gulg are covered by the shut down.

 

2. 11 People died because this well was not safe and there was no plans for emergency response. The same still applies to the other 33 wells. People claiming this has a impact on the price of gas or jobs are either lieing to you are rpeating the lies they where told. Why is the right lieing to risk the lives of more people?

 

We Did steal the oil in Iraq. Sadam had nationalized the oil industry and taken the contracts away from Exxon, BP etc...We went in and overthrew Sadam and guess who got all thier contracts back? Republicans started that war for the same reason they are willing to risk peoples lives on these deep wells. They don't care about tanything but big oil, big money and power. Your jobs, your beaches and your lives are worth the gambe to them to make a few extra bucks.

 

June 24, 2010
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Hey, CNN!

It would have been nice to have a link to his YouTube account.

June 24, 2010
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I'm just curious. During the course of drilling these relief wells why are they drilling all the way to the bottom in order to plug the 7" pipe? Why can they not drill a 1000' down and plug from there? It seems to me the main concern here as far as BP is concerned is to get the oil rerouted and get operations rolling again. I would think the top priority would be to stop the damn leak and then worry about a relief well.

June 24, 2010
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Please join the NRDC on FB or go to their website, to their "action" section.  We need clean, safe alternative energy now.  Since when caring about the environment and our future became a partisan issue?  Enough is enough!  We already have the technology for safe, clean energy (non nuclear) such as solar and wind power. We just need the leadership and political will.

 

There is enough wind power in the state of Texas to power the whole US.  There is enough solar power in the Mojave desert to power half of the country. It is a terrible, harmful myth that we need oil.  This is about corruption and money and power.  Big oil is lobbying hard with politicians.  Want to truly have a safe future?  Tax oil and coal and use that money for truly making alternative, clean energy competitive.  It will take sacrificing from our part but it is the only alternative.

 

June 24, 2010
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The news that we hear everyday regarding the continuing BP Oil Spill in the Gulf and the destruction its causing to the environment and lives of the people in the Gulf is disheartening. I am so angry and saddened by what is happening to our country.  We used to vacation in Destin Florida, which is less than 60 miles from Pensacola. It was simply beautful with abundant wildlife.  The Alabama beaches and Florida beaches are national treasures and they can not be lost to the greed and ambition of BP, the oil/energy industry and politicians.    

I can't understand how an industry that reaps so much profit will not take extra measures to guarantee safety of its capital assets, workers, the environment or  the communities where the oil is drilled, stored etc.  BP and other companies involved in this man-made disaster must be held accountable.  Nor can I understand, why the US Government didn't have clean-up plans for such disasters or why a major clean-up effort hasn't been launched to date.  So much for Homeland Security and millions/billions that fund the department. 

In my opinion, the US Government needs to reassess the legislation, regulation and oversight of the oil and energy industry.  There is no such thing as American Oil and Freedom from  Foreign Oil.  Oil drilling in America doesn't provide oil just to Americans.  The oil is a world commodity and those who are willing to pay the most for it, are sold it. Just because BP drills in the Gulf doesn't mean that its oil from the Gulf will be sold only to the US.  We have been lied to by the Oil Industry and the politicians who propagate independence from foreign oil,  off-shore drilling, or drilling on the North Slope.  It's all about profits, greed, executive bonuses, campaign donations and political pay-offs. 

I ask you to please voice your concern to your local, state and federal politicians.  We need to make our voices heard.

1. Demand that the US Government quickly start a major effort in the clean up of the Gulf and eliminate/waive aside bureaucracy and legislation that is slowing down the clean-up process.

2. Say no deep sea off-shore drilling until the Oil Companies provide acceptable and effective safety plans for every deep sea oil drilling project under consideration. Say no to "Drill Baby Drill."

3. Demand that the US Government strengthen its environmental legislation and re-evaluate its energy and environmental policies.

4. Demand that the US Government  empower the environment regulatory agencies to enforce the current laws in existence.

5. Demand that the US Government  prosecute companies that violate our country's environmental and applicable business laws.

6. Demand that legislation be passed that disallows political campaign contributions from industry lobbies, companies, upper and mid management executives  to local, state and federal level politicians. Personnal contributions,as is afforded to the "small people" should be allowed.

7.. We need to make our voices heard and demand the USA lead the world in clean alternative energy innovation and production. 

Please pass this message onto your friends, if you agree.  Let your voice be heard!

 

June 24, 2010
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So much hysteria and conspiracy theories. Army Core of Engineers doesn't have any good solution. They may place a large concrete slab on the hole with 10% success. If that wouldn't work, no oil could be collected. Now 80-90% could collected to tankers. Skimming is used and has limits, underwater tar balls are the biggest threat to beaches now.

 

 

June 24, 2010
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The entire US infrastructure is going down the tubes, economy, ecology, education, all because the people in charge of polocies are elected by cash campaigns. Too many idealogical, ignorant americans refuse to be aware of obvious things: --> drilling for oil, and driving large cars and buying wasteful plastic fuels the need for oil, can cause a huge enviromental disaster. While supporting renewable resources would give a huge boost to the American economy, as well as get as out of bad relations in the M.E.

 

But of course one choice gets associated with a certain political party and it is immediately discarded as an option. While politicians support other choice purely, and they always will, for votes. Votes coming from americans who only vote for that politician because he is republican, not because of the choices he backs. Making the the choices completely irrelavent to anyone that can actually do anything about it.

 

This is exactly why they need to teach simple LOGIC in grammar school.

June 24, 2010
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How many of the big oil bashers are typing their response while riding a bike with a generator on it?  Keep in mind that oil has allowed for an amazing increase in standard of living and population boom.  Try living without it for a week. 

June 24, 2010
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off shore drilling shound not be allowed to begin with, but since it is strick regulations shound be enforced at all times...i've read about how security and safety is not always a priority...it's amazing and we will all lose....I live in Costa Rica...we have beautiful unspoild beaches and I would be very sad if something like this happens...

June 24, 2010
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Those blaming Bush should check out the donations that BP gave.  Obama was the largest recipient.  BP should clean up the mess, but Obama is using this accident as a means to pass Cap & Tax and the rest of the extreme left agenda.

June 24, 2010
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Offshore oil drilling has always been a disaster waiting to happen. Most unfortunately, it has happened in the Gulf of Mexico. As oceans go, the Gulf is a rather small ocean. Marine life exists only within a rather narrow band of parameters. Those parameters have been breached, and the marine life will pay the price. BP cannot undo what has happened. Neither can the Federal Government. Nature will have to do the job, and it will succeed. But, nature does not work overnight. Nature will restore the Gulf of Mexico, but not in days, weeks or months. This disaster will take hundreds of years for nature to restore the balance of life in the Gulf. But only if we stop dumping toxins into the water now. We must shut down all the oil wells in the Gulf immediately, if Nature is to have a chance at restoring the Gulf. If we continue drilling for oil in the Gulf of Mexico, we should just go ahead and change the name of the Gulf to Dead Sea 2.

June 24, 2010
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"We care about the small people." If we didn't have you small people who else would we stick it to? Other yacht owners? Now go back and keep pumping more gas into your gas guzzlers.

 

-BP

June 24, 2010
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And what about city's like Pensacola, Fort Walton Beach, and Destin property values? These residents pay double, triple and quadruple what you would normally pay for housing and not just on the beach but surrounding areas, now that beaches are being closed or rendered useless these residents are basically paying for wasteland.

June 24, 2010
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Question: What's the value to the average person of avoiding this kind of environmental disaster?  That is, how much extra do you think the average person would be willing to pay for a gallon of risk-free gas?  Say in the range $0-$10.  I wonder what number Americans would settle on.

June 24, 2010
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Man, this is the unluckiest guy in the world. He has to wait weeks before someone cleans up the oil off his pristine beach. And look, he even got a little on his toe. Man I bet the people in the war-torn countries would hate to be this guy. The families of the flood victims in Brazil are lucky not to be this guy. My heart goes out.

June 24, 2010
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I think we should make an Island of dirt on tops of the oil spill that would make it covered again.

June 24, 2010
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There is not going to be enough oil for this oil driven country if no offshore drilling was done.  Unless we are ready to come up with other ways for energy other than oil we are going to have to depend either on other countries for our oil or face the truth with higher regulations.

June 24, 2010
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You know, being from Louisiana, I have to agree with some of the posts here, why didn't Florida take more measures to prevent this? At least they had 2 months to prepare for this as opposed to days.

 

I'm not trying to beat anyone up - just stating that it seems silly that more was not done.

 

On the bright side, now that more states are being affected, maybe some people in DC will get off their asses and do something including not letting BP America file bankruptcy so they can protect the rest of the companies assets.

June 24, 2010
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I think Tony hayward cares nobody wants what hes been dragged thru and is going to be dragged thru, and leave a legacey of the type of stewardship that he is going to be credited with. The reality of this mess lies with his predecessor,who allowed cost cutting to impinge on saftey measures, so that share holders around the worl enjoy a fatter profit margin. (not much money in oil I guess unless you scrimp)You notice latley how bonuses share in another world wide disaster. Money and greed!! Notice also how a lack of REGULATION shares in this latest disaster?!! The drill baby drill crowd must be so proud, The death of meaningful regulation began under the rich peoples saint Ronald Regan, ( who had the most disasterous debt next to Bush of course)Palin was just guilty of being stupid enough to believe it. Both people slow in the thinking department and appeal to people that are shallow and limited themselves. Bush, Regan, Palin are put in place so they can be controlled with no effort. Notice also they all have that Golly Shucks persona that seems to appeal to our masses of deep thinkers. The others are just harder to control, but controllable none the less.

June 24, 2010
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I absolutly dont like this at all, the oil spill, its taking our beaches, alot of jobs, and killing so much beautiful wildlife. T-T

June 24, 2010
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Whether you care or not the earth is a living organism and the ocean is its life blood. Damage it and you will pay for the neglect sooner or later. Why drill & cap, then drill & cap, and so on. We have enough oil worldwide. Move on people to bigger and better things. We would be surfing space instead of the internet like in StarTrek if we weren't so greedy. Hold on I need to answer my cell phone/communicator.

June 24, 2010
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I love the smell of oil in the morning walking along the beach!!!!!!!!!!!drill baby drill

June 24, 2010
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What is happening in the gulf is merely another symptom of a greater problem in America.  We are a nation in decline.  We are a greedy and morally corrupt people that place profit ahead of prudence.  Our culture says "greed is good".  Why is it that in a so called 3rd world country like Thailand(bangkok) every taxi is fueled by natural gas and villages that have no roads have solar panels but we Americans can't get past chanting "drill baby drill"?  Because we as an nation have become ignorant and short sighted. We sold our soul a long time ago to coporate interests and this oil spill is only a small installment on the price we have to pay.

June 24, 2010
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The reason for all of this is because the monkeys love bright shiny things.

June 24, 2010
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I agree with gloomandoom, why do we primarily concentrate on oil when these wells also produce high volumes of cleaner fuels like natural gas and methane. ALL diesel engines can run on used vegetable oil but we don't use it or recycle it. But yes we are greedy like Darth Chaney, he moves his corporate headquarters to Dubai so he can work closer to the Arabs to pump the oil out of Iraq. WHERE IS THE IRAQ OIL THAT IS SUPPOSED TO FUND THE WAR(S) ANYWAY? HOW COME CHANEY DOESN'T GIVE US THE ANSWER?

June 24, 2010
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Can't believe this is happening to my hometown. I now live in Tallahassee and this breaks my heart. With oil under the damn surface I knew this was going to happen sooner than later. Those booms are a joke and BP is a joke.  I don't fault the President for golfing and for this, but do wish there was a faster and more organized response to combat this catastrophe on his administration's part. Ban deep water oil drilling all together is what I say!  It’s not worth it!

June 24, 2010
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"Only after the last tree has been cut down... Only after the last river has been poisoned… Only after the last fish has been caught, only then will you find that money cannot be eaten."...how true !!! Cree Indians had more insight of life and nature and there is sooo much of wisdom in this line...

June 24, 2010
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This is an example of what happens when u let big oil into your state. THey get in there and infultrate all levels of the local governing bodies as well as the judges. Sure they ahve very very deep pockets and they throw money around like nothing. Sure your state school system will get billions for their coffers. The problem is their out for one thing and one thing only. $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$Money. They will do whatever it takes to get it. Whatever it takes. No exceptions. Our floriday polaticians are so full of it. When Charlie Christ got into office he was against drilling. Enough time passes and what do u know he's for drilling. Now he says he is against it. He's like the rest of them totally full of it on this issue. They will all cave in the end and we're gonna have friggen wells a mile off the florida coast spanning the entire state. It's just a matter of time before all of their prices are met.

 

Here's the question. What is your price. If we were in our local government, what would it take for you or me assuming we're totally against drilling to flip? 1 million? 200 million? 500 million? a billion? Unfortunatly every sole on this earth has their price. It sucks.

June 24, 2010
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This is NOT the first time this has happened in the Gulf. Thirty-one years ago, Transocean lost another rig that caused a catastrophic leak for nine months. That rig was only 500 feet below the surface. THIRTY-ONE years later, the ways they are trying to fix the Deep Water Horizon blowout are the exact same ways that they attempted in 1979!

 

What can you do to help? Tourism is our state's main income. There's more to do than climb into the crystal clear waters and enjoy our snow white beaches. Visit Northwest Florida and support our economy!

 

Don't complain that we are sitting around doing nothing. We have tried and are frustrated beyond belief. Life as we know it has changed forever! We have been warned that we would be arrested if we overstep our bounds and do anything. We are told that this is BP's responsibility and we can do nothing without their permission, which we don't get. We are not even allowed to bring water to BP workers at the beach.

 

Live in or visiting Florida? Join us Saturday, June 26th and Join Hands Across the Sand. Events are happening all around the coasts of Florida. Visit the Hands Across the Sand webpage for more information.

 

Yesterday, I enjoyed the pristine beaches of Navarre, FL. Later that afternoon, I drove just a few miles down the coast to witness the devastation of Pensacola Beach. It was beyond explanation - simply heartbreaking.

 

Watching CNN, you hear about dolphin's dying, turtles being burned alive and sharks swimming near shore in an effort to find food and oxygen to survive. The food chain is being attacked and there is nothing we can do but stand by and watch as BP and Transocean dump more contaminants into our waters and our Federal government turns a blind eye to it all. Just remember, you and I are part of that food chain and whether you live here along the coast or far inland, this will effect you in more ways than you can even imagine!

 

 

June 24, 2010
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I live in Pensacola. Don't accuse us of not doing anything. When this crud first appeared, I got a shovel and tried to help. I was chased away and told that I was not 'cleared' to help clean the beaches. And those of you that live in other parts of the country think we are complaining over something minor? We live and die on tourism and fishing. Right now, we have neither one.

June 24, 2010
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People seem to think that if they do not live on the Gulf, this oil spill cannot affect them. But, they are so very wrong. Moisture from the Gulf fuels every storm in the country. Warm, humid air from the Gulf meets up with cold, dry air, and forms storm cells. However, this moisture from the Gulf now has an oil content. You will notice a small rainbow sheen from every raindrop that hits your windows or windshields. Now, let me ask you a question. How much oil will your crops be able to tolerate? How many parts per million of oil is acceptable in a kernel of corm, or a soybean, a head of lettuce or a tomato? What will happen to your drinking water when this oily rain mixes in? And, here's a question everyone can understand. How will this oily rain affect the finish on your new car?

June 24, 2010
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Scottmtd, no the beaches here are way nicer than in Hawaii even with the oil. now go shove a pineapple up your arse you fag.

June 25, 2010
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Sheila from Pensacola - Your ongoing long distance affair with Garry was DEVASTATING to his ex-wife in Canada years ago - and also has been to me. She doesn't even have a car or much else and I am under a great deal of stress for various reasons - much related to him, but YOU, now you have your whole life still intact - husband, kids, grandkids, cars, career - and Garry in some bizarre fashion. For atonement, you should be out on the beach in Pensacola cleaning up oil. Don't just talk to Garry ad nauseum about the mess - DO something about it. Perhaps I will discover photos of you covered in oil on the beach just as I did of you with him in Las Vegas, although have yet to see the ones of you in Texas from a few years ago. I see you are now on Facebook. Change that photo to one of you covered in dirt, cleaning, perhaps. You don't have any desire to acknowledge the devastation you have caused, but you can surely contribute to the cleanup of the mess on the beach where you live.

June 25, 2010
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Slevyface is not a good American and should be thrown into Guantanamo Bay with the other terrorist

June 25, 2010
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Here are our options.  We can either drill baby drill...or keep supporting foreign oil.  The reality is...even if we wanted to we couldnt get off of oil for a minimum of 10 years..perhaps longer.  Now...this is a huge disaster, but when an airplane crashes we dont stop flying...so one accident in the Gulf of Mexico does not mean we should stop drilling.  It means we need to be more careful. 

 

So...Everyone is mad at BP...Sure..they screwed up.  Do you think it is wise to stop buying gasoline from BP stations.  If BP tanks because of a nationwide ban on BP stations, not only does BP fail, but so do the small mom and pop companies that actually own the BP stations.  BP does not own the stations...they just sell them gasoline...just like BP sell gas to other stations too, you just dont see a BP logo on the station so assume its someone else.  Oh...one more thing...if BP goes belly up, who do you think picks up the tab for cleaning up the Gulf of Mexico.  The GOVERNMENT...who funds the Government...your tax dollars.  You should buy all your gasoline from BP just to make sure they stay around long enough to clean this mess up.  So drill baby drill...just do it responsibly.

June 28, 2010
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I have always with this beautiful place I am thankful I get to call home. I don't know how they can do this. It is sad, and I would boycott but riding my bike includes going over a three mile bridge and A LOT of major highways. My hearts go with my fellow people who suffer this with me.

June 29, 2010
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this is getting sickening. We(the government) should be doing more .They should freeze at least 1 trillion dollars of BP money.

 

 

I almost feel like they are doing this on purpose soon we will be 3rd world country and  all the fat cats will live in Dubai .

June 29, 2010
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  As far as the oil spill is concerned, if they would send down a long rod, with a barb at the end,( so it would  steadfastly anchor to the inside of the pipe), and on the rod have mounted a long, deflated, pontoon  shaped balloon made of very strong material.  Insert the whole thing into the pipe.  And when it was securely anchored, fill the balloon, with air or whatever.  The flow would stop.

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