Saturday, June 26, 2010

I really hope

that the Dutch are a bunch of liars, that the writers and editors of the Financial Post are gullible as hell and that the article I'm linking here is 100% false. Put it this way: it had damned well better be:

The Dutch know how to handle maritime emergencies. In the event of an oil spill, The Netherlands government, which owns its own ships and high-tech skimmers, gives an oil company 12 hours to demonstrate it has the spill in hand. If the company shows signs of unpreparedness, the government dispatches its own ships at the oil company's expense. "If there's a country that's experienced with building dikes and managing water, it's the Netherlands," says Geert Visser, the Dutch consul general in Houston.

In sharp contrast to Dutch preparedness before the fact and the Dutch instinct to dive into action once an emergency becomes apparent, witness the American reaction to the Dutch offer of help. The U.S. government responded with "Thanks but no thanks," remarked Visser, despite BP's desire to bring in the Dutch equipment and despite the no-lose nature of the Dutch offer --the Dutch government offered the use of its equipment at no charge. Even after the U.S. refused, the Dutch kept their vessels on standby, hoping the Americans would come round. By May 5, the U.S. had not come round. To the contrary, the U.S. had also turned down offers of help from 12 other governments, most of them with superior expertise and equipment --unlike the U.S., Europe has robust fleets of Oil Spill Response Vessels that sail circles around their make-shift U.S. counterparts.

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."

Crazy is being charitable. Read the whole infuriating thing.


Anonymous said...

As Mr. D has consistently pointed out this week with Obama's mis-handling of virtually every situation, I propose that the Obama regime adopt a new theme song, sort of like what Circuit City did with the Cars' "Just What I Needed" campaign before they went belly up. Sticking with the Cars theme, I propose "Since You're Gone". With blurbs in the song such as "Since you're gone, everything's a mess" and "Since you're gone, the night's are getting long". Without insulting Mr. D's base, the "you" is "W". Mr. D, you need to post that "Do you miss me yet?" bulletin board.

R.A. Crankbait said...

Well now we know why the regulators can't pull their heads out of their butts; negative environmental impact.

W.B. Picklesworth said...

Democrats are determined to prove that they cannot be trusted with power. They are a disaster.

Gino said...

yes, it had better be false.

Anonymous said...

The story is only a problem if you don't want an energy program shoved down your throat. Has Obama ever commented publicly on why we've refused Dutch help? The longer this goes on the more we know the answer.