Obama Administration declined offer of four Dutch "Skimmers" which can remove 146,000 barrels of oil per day!

If anyone out there still harbors any doubts as to the absolute ineptitude of President Obama and the abject failure of the Obama administration to deal with the BP oil spill, read this.

Because the four Dutch skimmers remove oil from the seawater and pump it back into the ocean, and EPA regulations forbid the discharge of water containing any oil into the ocean, the Obama administration declined the offer of the use of four skimmers that would have removed about 146,000 barrels of oil a day from the Gulf of Mexico! This failure of Obama and his appointees to recognize how absolutely ludicrous it was to apply EPA regulations to preclude the actual removal of millions of gallons of oil from the seas is beyond belief!

That means that by now, over 50 days into the crisis, over 7,300,000 barrels of oil could have, and should have, been removed if Obama had made a sensible decision at the outset. That's 321,200,000 gallons of oil (44 gallons/barrel) that would not now be fouling the sands of the Gulf States and clogging the marshes and killing wildlife!

U.S. Government Finally Permits Dutch Skimmers to Help

After initially declining,
U.S. Government officials have decided to accept an offer from the Dutch
government to send four large oil skimmers to the site of the BP
Deepwater Horizon spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

Oil skimmers are
large arms that can be used by oil tankers to pump oil and water from
the ocean surface into the tankers. The oil then rises to the top, while
the water sinks to the bottom. The water is then pumped back out to
sea, making space for more oil. Each system can collect 5,000 tons of
oil each day.

Unlike the US, the Dutch have developed effective
rapid response systems for oil spills. The Dutch skimming system has
been used successfully in a number of smaller spills in Europe.

Dutch first offered to fly their skimmer arm systems to the Gulf just a
few days after the oil spill started. However, the offer was declined
by EPA officials, who cited restrictions against pumping any water with
oil in it into the ocean (no matter how much oil was removed, no matter
the overall environmental gain, in the process). No system can keep all
the oily water in the ship.

One ton of oil is equal to
approximately 7.3 barrels, so 5,000 tons a day is about 36,500 barrels
per day. Collectively, the four skimmers can take up to 146,000 barrels
per day.

The Netherlands-based Royal Dutch Shell is one of the
largest global energy companies. Unlike the US, the Dutch have invested
time and money developing state of the art rapid response systems for
oil spills. The Dutch system has been used successfully in smaller
European spills.

Dutch government officials in the Netherlands
first offered to deliver their skimmer arm systems to the spill site
just three days after the oil spill began. The story is the subject of
an article by Yobie Benjamin for the Chronicle.

At the time, says
Benjamin, U.S. officials rejected the offer because EPA regulations
prohibit the discharge of water that contains oil into the ocean. He
points out that by initially rejecting the Dutch offer, US officials
missed an opportunity to collect much more oil and possibly to mitigate
the damage.


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  • texasred 2010/06/17 05:27:25
    When you realize that Obama owes the fact that he's in office to the Unions, you then understand why America, the Gulf Coast and the American people come in way behind.

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  • Kalayaan 001 2010/06/29 20:01:35
    Kalayaan 001
    Obama really doesn't know what he's doing, does he?
  • Ken "Do... Kalayaa... 2010/06/29 20:37:56 (edited)
    Ken "Don't tread on me!"
    It's hard to determine whether he is acting out of ignorance and inexperience or if he has an agenda. For example, now that he has a "crisis" he may be following Rahm Emanuel's advice "never let a crisis go to waste." His proposed (the court has stopped it for now) six-month moratorium on offshore drilling went against the advice of the experts he consulted (he then lied, saying they supported it!) and the wishes of the entire Gulf Coast!

    However, a result of the moratorium would be that drilling rigs would leave the U.S. and drill off the coast of Brazil, benefiting Obama's biggest supporter, George Soros, who has an $800 million investment in Petrobras, the Brazilian oil company.

    Take your pick, Obama is either totally incompetent or totally corrupt!
  • Kalayaa... Ken "Do... 2010/06/30 02:35:57
    Kalayaan 001
    Really distressing either way...
  • princess 2010/06/18 00:12:33
    Wow Really??...ANOTHER EPIC FAILURE by this incompetent community organizer!!!
    Aside from the oil mess, can't you smell the profit made by Soros from this disaster!!!....just remember this administration's words/philosophy---never let a crisis go to waste...and always follow the money trail.
    profit soros disaster remember administrations wordsphilosophy---never crisis waste money trail profit soros disaster remember administrations wordsphilosophy---never crisis waste money trail
  • TruBluTopaz 2010/06/17 18:53:51
    These guys are so wrapped up in agenda that they cannot function.
  • Ken "Do... TruBluT... 2010/06/17 19:42:00
    Ken "Don't tread on me!"
    I strongly suspect that Obama and his goons, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, have seen this as another "crisis" to be exploited, rather than stopped!
  • TruBluT... Ken "Do... 2010/06/17 20:56:54
    I think you have that right.
  • Prove to me 2010/06/17 16:07:24
    Prove to me
  • Sherlock Dog BL - a Gazillion 2010/06/17 14:51:46
  • Ken "Do... Sherloc... 2010/06/17 19:46:23
    Ken "Don't tread on me!"
    According to the current issue of Scientific American (Vol. 303, No. 1, July, 2010), globally there is an average annual spillage from natural seepage and regular human activities such as transportation in the amount of 380 million gallons, with 76 million of that being in U.S. waters.
  • Sherloc... Ken "Do... 2010/06/20 20:37:58
  • 34thBombGroup 2010/06/17 14:39:58
    Unions. Unions. Unions. The Dutch have been doing this stuff for centuries - but OH NO! Foreign flags in OUR Waters?!? What about our merchant seamen, boilermakers, blah, blah, blah...
    The Dutch are WAY out there to the left - but they also live IN the sea and know how to do this. Let them in - too little too late now - but let's parse words instead. "Small people" from a Swede is NOT an insult. Jeez - let's pick on all things BP...
  • debadow 2010/06/17 14:37:02
    He should have taken the help earlier, Instead of being a pompous A**
  • Nauticaa 2010/06/17 14:00:35
    I’m torn between thinking Obama is either just an absolute failure in every thought and decision he makes or he’s consciously choosing avenues that will further is agenda - no matter who it hurts.

    Maybe it's a combination of both - but right now he's looking inexperienced and incompetent.
  • Noneoft... Nauticaa 2010/06/17 17:55:31
    I agree. At first, I thought the missteps and mistakes were simply evidence of the Administration's general lack of experience and incompetence. But at this juncture, based on posts like the above, it is apparent that there is more going on here. As evidenced by his dog & pony show the other night, Obama is using another "manufactured" crisis to further his idealogically driven agenda and doing great harm to the country in the process.
  • Ken "Do... Nauticaa 2010/06/17 19:47:34 (edited)
    Ken "Don't tread on me!"
    I strongly suspect that Obama and his goons, Rahm Emanuel and David Axelrod, have seen this as another "crisis" to be exploited, rather than stopped! Note that he used the occasion of his speech this week to push for passage of the "cap and trade" bill, though it bears no relationship to stopping the damage from the spill.
  • Nauticaa Ken "Do... 2010/06/17 20:29:59
    Yes! That is the main thing I noticed about his speech. I thought he was awfully quick to jump on to Cap and Trade when in truth it is the last thing we should be doing right now.
  • Nobamaforu 2010/06/17 13:38:35
    This is what happens when people vote for rhetoric. You get a figurehead (who can't even do THAT well).
  • Wanda5245 - Citizen Activis... 2010/06/17 13:19:54
    Wanda5245 - Citizen Activist Who Wants Spunkysmum Back On SH
    Just more proof that both Obama and his administration are totally inept as leaders of any thing.
  • Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA 2010/06/17 11:56:47
    Torchmanner ~PWCM~JLA
    This is why the obaaaama regime has to be removed from power with the November elections. obaaaama regime removed power november elections

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