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May 26th, 2010
11:00 AM ET

Effort to take cleanup duty away from BP

(CNN) – The oil spill is being felt directly in Grand Isle, Louisiana where it has shut down beaches and fishing grounds. And if BP fails to plug the leak, things could soon get much worse. Frustrated with BP's cleanup effort, local officials have taken things into their own hands, led by Deano Bonano, director of homeland security for Jefferson Parish, Louisiana. He joined our Kiran Chetry on Wednesday's American Morning.

Read more: BP tests plans for 'top kill' of gulf oil leak

Filed under: Environment • Gulf Oil Spill
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  1. Gail Kirchner

    I wish we could take the effort away from BP, but they caused it and are the ones who should have had a plan in place to fix this mess. Then people call this Obama's Katrina. What ignorance! This is not the same thing at all as Katrina. The government cannot be expected to fix this. We can offerr military help but that is all and now it's practically too late for that as people are falling ill.

    This is one of those things that you wish would just go away but it won't until BP can do something to stop it.

    May 27, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  2. conoclast

    What ever happened to the farmers' idea of soaking up the oil with straw and then using the resulting mess as a fuel? Since nobody seems to know what to do I think it would be helpful if there were some kind of on-line clearing house for ideas like the above-to be debunked or utilized. Maybe there is even a way to use illegal immigrants in the massive cleanup job, hmm? Arizona, you listening?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:39 am |
  3. DennisF

    Should the FED get involved in cleaning up the oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico?

    Lets step back for a moment to get the answer.

    For the last few decades this country has been suffering another kind of leak from another kind of Mexico....and the FED has failed miserably stopping that leak. We are now so full of 'illegal' immigrants from Mexico that they (the illegals) are expecting 'Amnesty' and Citizenship.

    Lets skip all the bull. If the Federal Government takes over the oil spill cleanup, it will end up granting all that OIL 'Amnesty' and Citizenship , just like it wants to do for all the Mexican 'illegals'.

    More Seriously. If the Fed wrestles control of the cleanup from BP, it will probably spend five times as much as needs to be spent cleaning up the mess. The courts will (rightfully) rule that BP is not responsible for the Federal bungling of the cleanup and the Taxpayers are going to end up footing gargantuam bill instead of just an enourmous bill.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:15 am |
  4. davec

    Glen, I like your idea.

    Yes BP is the one to tackle the leak and the US government the cleanup.

    May 27, 2010 at 10:13 am |
  5. james m. cates jr.

    Has BP taken any action to provide compensation to all of the gulf coast residents whose source of livelihood has been destroyed by this debacle.?

    May 27, 2010 at 10:06 am |
  6. Glen

    Why do all these guests on this and other shows say there is nothing we (U.S. gov't) can do but let BP handle this. This needs to be a 2 pronged attack with BP containing and stopping the leak and the U.S. and other local and state Gov'ts tackling the spillage and cleanup head on in an aggressive manner right now. As an Environmental Professional for 28 years I have never seen such a lack of imagination.

    Start doing something ... which is better than nothing. If that don't work, adjust and do something else. Better to fail while trying, then to fail by not doing anything.

    May 27, 2010 at 8:04 am |
  7. ronvan

    The only thing our government needs to do is make sure the $$$ from ALL those companies involved get paid, and that it ALL goes directly to those states who need it! While calling out the National Guard is an option, lets not forget that MANY Guard units are overseas! While this disaster unfolds, for me, it makes me think about how much help our military could have provided, if they were HOME!! And I am tired of watching these "boss'es" on TV! Do we really think they are going to say anything other than "scripted & rehearsed" statements?

    May 27, 2010 at 7:39 am |
  8. Karen

    Well, why are they waiting for BP or heaven forbid the government to do the clean-up? If the clean-up is that important to them, why aren't they doing it instead of waiting for someone else to do it?
    The last thing you would want is the federal government in charge of anything. Do you not remember Katrina? The federal government can't do anything except spend money it doesn't have and cost the taxpayers millions.
    Maybe instead of waiting for someone else to start the clean-up effort, they could just go out and do it. But no it is easier to blame BP or the federal government for the lack of progress on the clean-up.

    May 27, 2010 at 6:43 am |
  9. A.M. Deist

    Two things are somewhat strange. I haven't seen any of those "Drill Baby Drill" mouthpieces on the news offering solutions to solving the oil spill problem in the Gulf of Mexico. I also haven't seen any of our Congressional leaders or media who seem to be self appointed experts, offering any solutions to the problem.

    A gas crater in Darvaza, Turkmenistan is still burning and has been since 1971 without interruption. In 1962, a coal mine near Centralia, Pennsylvania started burning. Over 47 years and 40 million dollars later the fire still burns through old coal mines and veins under the town and the surrounding hillsides on several fronts.

    In case you haven't been watching your own news, the United States is at war in both Iraq and Afghanistan. The American public is outraged at our current spending levels, and we are possibly on the brink of a war starting on the Korean peninsula. Although I live on the Gulf of Mexico, I would say that National Security trumps any expenditure that might be wasted trying to clean up a spill that has yet to be stopped.

    British Petroleum has unsuccessfully attempted to shut down the Deepwater Horizon using different techniques for more than a month. It doesn't take Einstein to recognize that the solution is not yet known. Until the well is stopped, sending tankers to pick up the oil that continues to surface is an expense that is never ending. What if we are can't stop this well from continuing to put oil in the Gulf of Mexico? Do you propose we keep tankers picking up oil for the next 30 years? If you want the Federal Government to spend money, lets provide for those families whose livelihoods have been destroyed by this spill. That seems more logical.

    A.M. Deist, author,
    Fort Walton Beach, FL

    May 27, 2010 at 1:13 am |
  10. Mari

    Don't companies do conflict resolution anymore? When you have a problem you get all the parties together and solve it. Such as the President meeting with BP, maybe other oil companies, the brightest of the engineers, etc. (all getting together a month ago and resolving the problem-oil leak). This does not mean taking the problem away from BP and starting all over again; just joining hands and minds to do the very best job.

    May 26, 2010 at 11:37 pm |
  11. Nita

    I have an idea, use Palin's ego to plug the oil leak. That should do it.

    May 26, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  12. JG

    Should the federal government take over the oil spill? Not just no, hell no! This is the same government that 'handled' Katrina, right? Our government (and the presdient) got us into this mess in the first place by taking BP PAC money to avoid having to spend half a million on an acoustic blow out preventer that would have prevented this. Keep the federal government as far away as possible, until BP no longer is paying the bills, and only then should the federal government start handing out money, which it does best, just ask wall street....

    May 26, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  13. MKEblues

    If you are serious about boycotting California, don't watch American Idol tonight. It's in LA. Pass it on.

    May 26, 2010 at 6:58 pm |
  14. Smith in Oregon

    For decades Republican lawmakers in Louisiana have placed Big Oil's special interests above those of commercial fishery's and the environment. Public schools receiving a small portion of the Big Oil payoff to the State of Louisiana proudly display Oil Derricks shooting Oil out of the top with the words, 'OILERS' on them.

    Sadly when Republican's special interests are placed far and away above the needs and common sense of those they have given their 'oath and promise' to serve, those under the Republican lawmakers thumbs suffer and Louisiana is greatly suffering now as a result.

    The Hero and Darling of the Republican Party, former President George W. Bush speaking before an audience of entranced ardent Republican boosters and Tea potty neo-cons at the Dallas Convention Center today who had gathered at the American Wind Energy Association meeting stated, 'It's in our economic interests that we diversify AWAY from oil' and 'It's in our environmental interest'. The former Texas Oilman and member of a longtime Oil family finished his speech stating 'It's in our national security interest'.

    The Republican party now has their marching orders. Perhaps they'll stop bashing former Vice President Al Gore over his insistence for America to move away from Oil for the past 20 years.

    The MAJORITY in America expects the Republican party lawmakers, leaders and members to now follow your Hero's advice and help move America AWAY from Oil.

    May 26, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  15. mike sey

    Why this perennial belief that the military has the answer to this leak or anything else. Aren't these the same people that gave the world Vietnam, Iraq and Afghanistan and designed and built the dykes that failed in New Orleans?

    May 26, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
  16. AC Hill

    Check your report. The anchor keeps reporting the fix to the spill is this pipe fitting on top of the leak. A previous interviewer told him a corrected description of how it will be repaired. He hasn't explained it in that corrected fashion yet.

    Check your footage.

    May 26, 2010 at 5:06 pm |
  17. Michael Christoffersen

    I am a 50 year old man and this is the worst ecological disaster I will probably see during my lifetime. I will leave blame for later.
    We have tried to cap this with a 100 ton cone with a relief cap on it and I dont know why this didnt work.

    Lets try this:

    The leek is X feet in diamiter.
    Create a massive, feet thick concrete slab and imbed multiple rings (1st ring X ft outside gushing oil) that are exposed on the bottom side Able to withstand the tremendous presure of the slab and oil preasure. Then lower this ring over the spill and it would at least stop the oil while we drill for a perminent solution.

    Can anybody tell me why this would not work, it sounds very plausable to me

    May 26, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  18. Glynn Sanders

    How many oil rigs are in the gulf right now? I've heard we have thousands out there, is this correct?

    May 26, 2010 at 4:15 pm |
  19. frs

    Your headline – "should feds take responsibility away from BP" – is really misleading.

    As for the cleanup – hell, let BP be fully involved but also involve local, state and fed resources as wqell as private companies. This is not time to argue – it's all hands on deck and everybody pull their weight.

    As for capping the well, this is best left to the oil drillers and BP who have the experience, equipment and technology. Fed agencies like EPA, NOAA, DOI, Coast Guard, Navy and even NASA are all involved with BP already, but these agencies aren't oil drillers – so what would they do that BP isn't already doing?.

    May 26, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  20. Fish Mann

    BP=Better Pray

    May 26, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  21. CP

    All Americans should boycott all of BP Gas Stations until the oil spill is fixed.........................

    Boycott all BP Products and Gas Stations Right Away...... Do not buy anymorre BP GAS till Oil Spill is Fixed.............................

    Go USA

    May 26, 2010 at 2:26 pm |
  22. Max Vanguard

    The notion that our government should step in and take over the oil spill situation is misguided, in my opinion. Our government is barely capable of managing itself, let alone a leaking underwater oil well.

    BP (and/or Transocean) may be at fault or at least partially at fault for this mess, but they're also among the world's foremost experts in handling matters of offshore drilling. What organization in our government has any kind of underwater oil drilling or oil spill cleanup expertise that could outshadow the resources that BP has already brought to bear?

    If the government should do anything, it should be to step aside and instead offer assistance and resources that could be brought to bear to assist BP in their efforts. Perhaps they could request that drilling experts/engineers be brought in from other big oil companies worldwide to offer their two-cents' worth of advice on the matter, but I suspect BP has likely already made those phone calls. They know what they're up against.

    What you're seeing now is everyone looking for someone to blame. Politicians are all posturing and preparing to crucify anyone and everyone that suits them at the moment. Everyone's scrambling to point the finger at someone else. This is not conducive to the situation getting resolved. Worry about blame later. Right now, all resources possible should be brought to bear on the situation at hand. The leak needs to get sealed. Government should assist, not intervene.

    I fully believe BP is doing everything it can to address the issue. If they need more resources, advice, or materials, I'm sure they're already getting them mobilized. Our government stepping in right now is not going to accomplish anything except to add beauracracy to the mess.

    May 26, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  23. LarryP

    While I agree that someone needs to something quickly, the government is NOT that someone. They are 100% clueless as how to do what the people have elected them to do, so why on God's Green Earth would anyone even remotely think the Government could handle something that they probably can't even spell let alone fix.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  24. todd

    I think this was very intelligent and saw it on TV this morning. I agree strongly that clean up efforts should be extensive, comprehensive, start as soon as possible. The kind of 'can't do too much' thinking just delays the inevitable and allows the environment to degrade. As many people and as much resources should be applied to clean it up.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  25. Bill from Connecticut

    The politicians and bureaucrats that make up the government do not have the knowledge or skills necessary to undertake this effort underwater and 5000 feet below the surface to stop the oil flow. The best that the government can do, and should do, is to closely monitor BP's effort and offer any logistical and/or technical support it can. There should be, in addition, an effort to involve scientists and engineers with expertise in this area in finding a solution to this problem. No more politics. Forget the blame game. We need to stop the oil flow and clean up the mess. Then we can worry about the blame.

    May 26, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
  26. Craig

    BP needs to immediately put a least a dozen Super tankers out in the Gulf with the technology to vacuum the surface oil into these tankers.
    They need to immediately stop using ALL Dispersant's which will cause the oil to cover and kill the ENTIRE sea floor.

    Dispersant's are cosmetic in this situation!
    IF they don't than the GULF is dead.

    Fishing boats with booms and shovels? America get SERIOUS.

    For the marshes they need to pump the surface water with it's oil out knowing that everything is lost for the present. Serious equipment is needed, not rags and booms.

    WHY isn't SHELL and EXXON helping?

    May 26, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  27. tana

    At this point, Homer Simpson should do fix it if he can!!! Just correct the problem..>Geesh!!

    May 26, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  28. Fred Robinson


    BP are a bunch of bozos, who could not find their way out of the toilet. Best move is to appoint a special body to oversee the cleanup, and send the bill to BP. This thing is an unmitigated disaster.

    Good reporting.


    May 26, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  29. Richard Lair

    This past Sunday in the Fort Worth Star Telegram newspaper there was an article about a device that Kevin Costner had purchased from the U.S. Government and continued to develope that will skim the oil off the surface and return it to the company as good oil and return the water clean.

    Why are you not reporting on this device?

    May 26, 2010 at 12:06 pm |