Dutch Oil Spill Response Ships Can't Get Approved...

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    Blame the EPA: Dutch Oil Spill Response Ships Could Suck 99% of Oil From Gulf, But Can't Get Approved, Because EPA Demands 99.9985% Purity

    And blame the dreamy-headed idealists.
    And blame everyone who allowed this to come to pass.

    Why does neither the U.S. government nor U.S. energy companies have on hand the cleanup technology available in Europe? Ironically, the superior European technology runs afoul of U.S. environmental rules. The voracious Dutch vessels, for example, continuously suck up vast quantities of oily water, extract most of the oil and then spit overboard vast quantities of nearly oil-free water. Nearly oil-free isn't good enough for the U.S. regulators, who have a standard of 15 parts per million -- if water isn't at least 99.9985% pure, it may not be returned to the Gulf of Mexico. When ships in U.S. waters take in oil-contaminated water, they are forced to store it. As U.S. Coast Guard Admiral Thad Allen, the official in charge of the clean-up operation, explained in a press briefing on June 11, "We have skimmed, to date, about 18 million gallons of oily water--the oil has to be decanted from that [and] our yield is usually somewhere around 10% or 15% on that." In other words, U.S. ships have mostly been removing water from the Gulf, requiring them to make up to 10 times as many trips to storage facilities where they off-load their oil-water mixture, an approach Koops calls "crazy."
    The Americans, overwhelmed by the catastrophic consequences of the BP spill, finally relented and took the Dutch up on their offer -- but only partly. Because the U.S. didn't want Dutch ships working the Gulf, the U.S. airlifted the Dutch equipment to the Gulf and then retrofitted it to U.S. vessels. And rather than have experienced Dutch crews immediately operate the oil-skimming equipment, to appease labour unions the U.S. postponed the clean-up operation to allow U.S. crews to be trained.
    A catastrophe that could have been averted is now playing out.

    Unconscionable. Unconscionable.
    I read, two weeks ago, two things I could not comprehend:
    1) Kevin Costner's oil-separating machines worked
    and
    2) Kevin Costner's oil-separating machines still had to be cleared by the EPA for use
    What? What?
    Now I understand: These machines work (and the Dutch machines), but as neither offers the 99.9% purity the EPA demands, it's better to let the coasts be destroyed and the fish killed for a generation.
    Note: I am guestimating the 99% figure. The article doesn't specify how clean the Dutch vehicles scrub the oil. I think 99% sounds about ballpark, given that the article says "nearly oil-free."
    Can It Get Worse? Just maybe it can.
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    Obama needs the damage to pass Cap and Trade and to make sure the Gulf States pay dearly for voting for Palin and her running mate in 2008.
     
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    Damn, that really sucks for you guys. The one environmental regulation which is more stringent in the US than in Europe just HAD to be this one. At this point, they oughtta just take whatever's available.

    I mean, the DUTCH, for chrissakes? Maybe I'm giving them too much credit, but dang, one would think they have pretty good ones. AOIDShAPsdoai
     
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    And yet, there are currently two Dutch skimmers working in the Gulf and six or seven Norwegian ones.

    :eek:

    More disinformation from the rightwing loons.

    Did you know Obama is actually a Kenyan?
     
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    you can't save him.
     
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    In the face of a catastrophe a priority on keeping the union jerks happy?

    There is no end to Dimocrat stupidity.
     
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    He is?
    Well what are you going to do about it.:doubt:
    He could waive or suspend EPA Regulations.
     
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    This where real leadership should come into play. I guess for .9985% we will allow XX.x% (pick a number), to wash up on the beaches and pollute the rest of the Gulf and all points everywhere, Brilliant!! :clap2:
     
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    Um the Dutch are widely considered to be some of the most experienced people on earth with a situation like this.

    The fact they cant get approved shows 2 things. First that government bureaucracy sucks ass, and second that Obama is failing again because he could cut through this BS red tape if he so chose.
     
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    The OP is false. If it were true, this would not be happening:

    http://www.usmessageboard.com/current-events/123195-american-ingenuity.html#post2462782
     

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