Editorial board warns readers to “ignore” Feds’ latest report — “Florida should listen to the outsiders”


The BP Spill: Hold off on the high-fives after Coast Guard report, Palm Beach Post, December 21, 2010:

Floridians should have this reaction to the federal government's latest smiley-face report about oil in the Gulf of Mexico: Ignore it. ...

Then last week, the Coast Guard concluded that oil had done no damage to the bottom of the gulf. Again, Florida should listen to the outsiders. ...

Three weeks ago, [Samantha Joye, University of Georgia researcher] checked out the sea floor from a research submarine and reported seeing oil. Unlike the Coast Guard, Dr. Joye will not rush to any judgment about the extent of damage. Given Dr. Joye's track record compared with the government's, though, her finding should carry more weight. ...

[T]he state's elected leaders should make sure that any victims who may suffer more if the Coast Guard is wrong about long-term damage aren't pressured into taking final claims and giving up their right to sue BP.

2 comments to Editorial board warns readers to “ignore” Feds’ latest report — “Florida should listen to the outsiders”

  • "[T]he state’s elected leaders should make sure that any victims who may suffer more if the Coast Guard is wrong about long-term damage aren’t pressured into taking final claims and giving up their right to sue BP."

    It's all about money.

    I appreciate that Dr. Joye will not make premature estimates on the damage, but I find it sad that she will not come out and say, "BP is lying - the Macondo well is still spewing oil." Where does she think this oil came from? Did BP just forget to clean up a spot or two? At what point will all of these researchers actually say the truth?

    I have lost all respect for these researchers. They might not be bad people at heart, but pretending that the well isn't still spewing oil makes them accomplices to this obvious genocide. I don't give a damn about the future damage reports - anyone with a clue knows that all of these reports and estimates are meaningless because they refuse to address the fact that oil, methane and other VOCs continue to fill the Gulf of Mexico. The Gulf cannot be repaired until the oil stops flowing.

  • Dragonslayer

    The gulf is permanently damaged beyond repair and all they can do is lie and lie some more.

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