Finally, Obama Meets With BP Officials, Accepts Outside Help

President Obama took twenty minutes out of his busy schedule to meet with BP officials. I guess he didn’t want to cut into his long lunch with Joe Biden.

They agreed to set up a fund for compensating those harmed by the oil gush. Kenneth Feinberg will be the administrator. The community organizer brought along his community to the meeting.

Obama was scheduled to spend 20 minutes in the meeting. He entered the room with an entourage: Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and her coordinator for claims oversight, Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, Energy Secretary Steven Chu, Commerce Secrertary Gary Locke, Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, Rahm Emanuel, the White House chief of staff, and senior advisor Valerie Jarrett.

It’s like the Gang that Couldn’t Shoot Straight.

At least they finally decided to accept help offered by the Dutch. The Examiner reported (via Gateway Pundit):

The U.S. Government has apparently reconsidered a Dutch offer to supply 4 oil skimmers. These are large arms that are attached to oil tankers that pump oil and water from the surface of the ocean into the tanker. Water pumped into the tanker will settle to the bottom of the tanker and is then pumped back into the ocean to make room for more oil. Each system will collect 5,000 tons of oil each day.

One ton of oil is about 7.3 barrels. 5,000 tons per day is 36,500 barrels per day. 4 skimmers have a capacity of 146,000 barrels per day. That is much greater than the high end estimate of the leak. The skimmers work best in calm water, which is the usual condition this time of year in the gulf.

These systems were developed by the Dutch as a safety system in case of oil spills from either wells or tankers. The Dutch have off shore oil development and also import oil in tankers. Their economy, just like ours, runs on oil. They understand that the production and use of oil has dangers and they wanted to be ready to cope with problems like spills. The Dutch system has been used successfully in Europe.

The Dutch offered to fly their skimmer arm systems to the Gulf 3 days after the oil spill started. The offer was apparently turned down because EPA regulations do not allow water with oil to be pumped back into the ocean. If all the oily water was retained in the tanker, the capacity of the system would be greatly diminished because most of what is pumped into the tanker is sea water.

As of June 8th, BP reported that they have collected 64,650 barrels of oil in the Gulf. That is only a fraction of the amount of oil spilled from the well. That is less than one day’s rated capacity of the Dutch oil skimmers.

It’s about time! Why would the EPA prefer all of the oil staying in the water, as opposed to removing most of the oil with just a little bit getting back in? These people have been stuck on stupid since day one. Not only did the federal government turn down help from our allies who are experts in this area, they also kept Gulf Coast governors like Bobby Jindal from doing what they needed to do to protect their coasts. And BP never had a plan for dealing with a disaster like this! Don’t they have risk managers?

This is what you get when you elect a community organizer to be leader of the free world. Leadership by committee, which is the same as no leadership at all. What a shame.