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May 27th, 2010
09:00 AM ET

Honoré: 'Time is not on our side'

(CNN) – The federal government and President Obama are starting to take a lot of heat for letting BP call all the shots in the Gulf Coast. CNN contributor Lt. Gen. Russel Honoré joined us on Thursday's American Morning where he said the federal government should maximize their capabilities in dealing with the oil spill.


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  1. Bill Carson

    Massachusetts Oil Companies Call the Shots !

    "Sen. Montigny said support in Washington and from the Coast Guard was needed to protect the bay. The Coast Guard has been reviewing similar federal measures for Buzzards Bay.

    "I'll only be satisfied when there is a mandate from the top in Washington saying the Coast Guard, you are on the side of those that love the bay and fish in the bay, and not on the side of the special interests," Sen. Montigny said.

    He said shippers like Bouchard have "criminally abused the bay."

    The U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit ruled in June that Judge Tauro should have imposed a legal test on whether the state met federal criteria to impose its own shipping protections. The appeals court sent the case back for a hearing on the evidence. Judge Tauro has declined to take the case, so it will be assigned to another judge. A court date has not been set.

    A Bouchard Transportation Co. barge spilled up to 98,000 gallons of oil into Buzzards Bay in April 2003 after hitting an underwater ledge. The spill polluted more than 100 miles of shoreline, killed hundreds of birds and shut down 90,000 acres of shellfish beds for months. The barge was headed for the Mirant Canal Generating Plant in Sandwich."

    May 27, 2010 at 9:27 am |