Okay, this is almost funny

Feds shut down oil-sucking barges while they ensure there are life jackets on board.

Against Governor Jindal’s wishes the federal government blocked oil-sucking barges today because needed to confirm that there were fire extinguishers and life vests on board and were having trouble contacting the owners.

ABC News reported:

Eight days ago, Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal ordered barges to begin vacuuming crude oil out of his state’s oil-soaked waters. Today, against the governor’s wishes, those barges sat idle, even as more oil flowed toward the Louisiana shore.

“It’s the most frustrating thing,” the Republican governor said today in Buras, La. “Literally, yesterday morning we found out that they were halting all of these barges.”

Sixteen barges sat stationary today, although they were sucking up thousands of gallons of BP’s oil as recently as Tuesday. Workers in hazmat suits and gas masks pumped the oil out of the Louisiana waters and into steel tanks. It was a homegrown idea that seemed to be effective at collecting the thick gunk.

“These barges work. You’ve seen them work. You’ve seen them suck oil out of the water,” said Jindal.

So why stop now?

“The Coast Guard came and shut them down,” Jindal said. “You got men on the barges in the oil, and they have been told by the Coast Guard, ‘Cease and desist. Stop sucking up that oil.’”


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4 responses to “Okay, this is almost funny

  1. Mr. Independent

    Is there a Federal crisis manager in the house? .

  2. not so anonymous


  3. Peg

    Can’t decide if this story is more amusing than this video, or vice versa.

    Or – if we really ought to weep about both.

  4. out looking in

    your government tax dollars at work. we must have our priorities straight…