Sunday, June 20, 2010

Bureaucracy frustrates U.S. Gulf oil spill efforts

Is it red tape and bureaucracy when they're purposely hindering clean-up efforts, because they want this to be as big a disaster as possible, so that they can use it to their political advantage? What do you call it then? And of course, their solution to ending the bureaucracy and red tape is...more bureaucracy. We need an oil czar!

    Reuters -

    Those on the front lines of the U.S. Gulf Coast oil spill say they are forced to fight two battles -- one against the crude washing into lush wetlands and another against needless bureaucracy.

    Sixty-one days after the BP Plc well began spewing crude oil into the Gulf of Mexico, angry local officials blame dozens of federal agencies involved in approving response plans, a maze of regulations and poor coordination for their struggles beating back the slick.

    "My experience has been frustration, too much red tape, no a sense of urgency. For the state and the coastal parishes that are directly affected to put forth a plan, you have to kick and scream every step of the way to get it approved," said John Young, council chairman for Jefferson Parish in Louisiana.

    "The president said it's a war. I agree we're under siege, but if it was a war, we'd be occupied territory now."

    It is time for President Barack Obama's administration to appoint an "oil spill czar" to streamline operations for the 31,000 people fighting the worst spill in U.S. history and avoid the costly delays, Young said as he prepared to board a boat to tour his region's fouled wetlands.

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