Oil, now mixed with mud intended to block the leak continues to spew from the pipeline at the bottom of the Gulf of Mexico. See the live video feed here.
Over a month of oil spilling into the Gulf has causing untold environmental damage. How much longer will this spill meter continue to run?
Meanwhile, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal(R) has stepped into the power vacuum left by the incompetent Obama Administration and organized local clean up efforts. Earlier this month he mobilized over 1,100 National Guardsmen to fight the oil slicks which are destroying vital wetlands along the Lousiana coast. Unlike distant federal officials, Jindal has been on the scene most days personally overseeing the effort to combat the spill. His frustration with federal efforts is clear:
JINDAL: “On Sunday, we gathered here in Plaquemines with coastal parish leaders to take matters into our own hands and fill the void in the response efforts. Today– we are back in Plaquemines, continuing the fight to protect our coast and our way of life from the oil that continues to spill into the Gulf.Jindal has still received no response from the Obama Administration for a plan to bring in sand to block the spread of oil to sensitive marsh areas.
“We have been fighting this oil for over a month now, requesting resources and too often finding the response to be too little, too late.
“We have been frustrated with the disjointed effort to date that has too often meant too little too late to stop the oil from hitting our coast. We need folks in each basin that can mobilize resources quickly to contain oil when it arrives, not wait 24 hours or 48 hours. BP is the Responsible Party but we need the federal government to make sure they are held accountable and that they are indeed responsible. Our way of life depends on it. The actions taken to respond to this oil today are determining the future of our state.”
Contrast Jindal's active hands on response to Mayor Nagin of New Orleans who left the cities school buses to be flooded rather than use them to implement the cities own evacuation plan in the face of Hurricane Katrina.
And what is Obama doing that is so important he doesn't have time to personally oversee the federal efforts (the BP well sits in federal waters, unlike New Orleans during Katrina, the well is the Feds primary responsibility):
Obama might be able to read a teleprompter and play hoops. But he couldn't run a 7-Eleven let alone the United States!