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Administrator Jackson: Dispatches from the Gulf Coast

2010 May 3

Blog from Administrator Lisa P. Jackson at 10:25 a.m. Friday, April 30.

Administrator Jackson and Secretary Salazar

Administrator Jackson and Secretary Salazar

Just finished our overflight. The extent of the spill is dramatic.

I’ve already heard good ideas to deal with landfall. As I said, we are assuming the worst case scenario. In the real world, booms break. So we have to listen to locals, shrimpers, sheriffs, oystermen, emergency managers and others who may have low tech ideas to protect our precious marshes.

I will spend the next days meeting with folks to bring ideas back. How about using hay or other material to protect sensitive oyster beds or shrimp nurseries? Can we create some buffers around our marshes? Good ideas that we will discuss with the on-scene coordinators as soon as we land.

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10 Responses leave one →
  1. Pavithra permalink
    May 3, 2010

    A barrier is a good idea…
    – Because – Crude oil floats.. it is a matter of covering few feet in depth.. from the surface..

    Challenges – Barrier from where to where ?? Which are the areas that need to be protected.. ?? Is such data available?

  2. Jim Jonas permalink
    May 3, 2010

    Send every one that needs a job cleanup and let BP pay them to cleanup our Gulf of Mexico. If we could please get our Scientist get people to caught as much Scamp Fish to bread.Scamp is called also know as King of the Sea. When I say Scamp most people think it is Shrimp. All is rough and blame doesn’t work.Elbow Grease.We need jobs let BP pay our out of workers. Remember we are at war and as they say oil is addictive and every Dollar pays Iran.Pay troops to come home and clean our earth. God Bless America
    Thank You Administrator Jackson,
    Jim Jonas

  3. Michael E. Bailey permalink
    May 3, 2010

    Barriers to keep oil out of sensitive areas and straw to help capture oil would all be good. If the solution won’t harm sensitive areas, then it should be tried. The barriers may keep a major disaster from becoming an even bigger disaster. Best wishes, Michael E.Bailey.

  4. Charlotte Schafer permalink
    May 4, 2010

    Please do not let them burn the oil if the fumes go overland.

  5. Tai Chan permalink
    May 5, 2010

    What a mess ! It is and will be worst than the Exxon-Valdez incident. The seafood industry in the Gulf is in peril. Make BP pay, and get the Navy involved. If there is a way to transport the contaminated waters to the deserts in the Middle East, we can create an oasis there. We have to eat less shellfish and consume less energy. Got to clean i up before the hurricane season. Godspeed.

  6. Tai Chan permalink
    May 5, 2010

    What a mess ! It is and will be worst than the Exxon-Valdez incident. The seafood industry in the Gulf is in peril. Make BP pay, and get the Navy involved. If there is a way to transport the contaminated waters to the deserts in the Middle East, we can create an oasis there. We have to eat less shellfish and consume less energy. Got to clean it up before the hurricane season. Godspeed.

  7. Nelson Barreiros permalink
    May 6, 2010

    Why do we still have this kind of problems? They will be happy(oil companies) after destroy OUR PLANET…

  8. Edsel permalink
    May 12, 2010

    Well, it’s been two weeks. What “low tech” sucesses can you claim?

  9. Bruce Breneol permalink
    June 3, 2010

    When I was younger and working as a labourer for the NBEPC, the motto was ” There’s no job can’t be acomplished by brute force and awkwardness.” I believe that a MOAB or two, properly shaped, placed and tamped down should solve the oil leak problem.

  10. Bruce Breneol permalink
    June 3, 2010

    A second thought on how to stop the leak is to use hundreds of feet of old fashioned Bangalore torpedoes or plastic explosive shoved down the hole. I’ll let the scientists figure out how much to use and how deep to blow it.

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