I was shocked, once again, as I witnessed the lackadaisical cleanup efforts of the BP oil spill.

Last week, Brinkley Hutchings reported what she saw as she flew over the Gulf oil spill for her first time. Watch an astonishing aerial video of the slick shot by John Wathen as they flew from Brinkley’s home to the source of the spill and back on May 7th.  She flew over it for a second time Monday. Watch the updated video from May 17th (Below).

I was shocked, once again, as I witnessed the lackadaisical cleanup efforts.  I know that an oil spill cannot be completely cleaned up, but there should at least be an honest and organized effort to do everything we can! I saw highly ineffective plastic booms along the Gulf Coast and a few boats scooping up very miniscule fractions of the spill. Some of the booms have floated ashore, crinkled up on the beach; some sit perpendicular to the shoreline; others are overturned by waves; some pieces of them have broken off and are floating lazily with the waves. The high volume flow of oil, certainly more than 5000 barrels per day, into the Gulf still hasn’t been stopped. What is going on? Why isn’t an effective, organized cleanup being mandated?! This is outrageous.

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Several segments of the media are relying on erroneous information from BP and the Coast Guard in reporting the magnitude of the “ongoing cleanup” activities.  Even the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has it wrong. NOAA currently indicates on their maps that there are areas of “potential beached oil” in Venice, Louisiana when there is definite beached oil, whose magnitude of which is far greater than what is depicted on the maps. I have seen it with my own eyes.

Our government’s failure to hold corporations responsible has allowed the spill to run wild and completely out of control. Yes, get angry. It didn’t have to get to this point. We had the cleanup solution to a spill of this enormity. In 1993, nearly 800 million gallons of oil were dumped into the Persian Gulf. They were not only able to prevent this spill from being an environmental catastrophe, but to also salvage 85 percent of the oil. Nick Pozzi, an engineer who worked on that spill, has been offering the lessons he learned to BP. The manager at BP in charge of this cleanup effort, told Pozzi simply not to bother him. BP will not even utilize the advice of educated and experienced scientists and engineers.

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There should be someone other than BP directing the cleanup operation from the site of the spill to the threatened coastal estuaries. We are in a dire situation down here, and we need the most qualified people working on this spill.  We need all the help we can get here. It is going to be even more terrible as this slick continues to come onshore.

Please share my stories with all you know. We need this to be a massive wakeup call to the fact that our government is indeed run by the fossil fuel industries. We must stop this, and we need every one of us pushing as hard as we can for a clean energy economy.

Deep down, I am hopeful that positive change will come out of this if we all utilize our anger and momentum. Please know that we have a long, hard fight ahead.

Please stay strong and stay actively fighting with me.

Brinkley Hutchings

Video by John Wathen 5/17/10

Ways you can help:

Send a letter to the editor or host a rally

Contact Secretary Ken Salazar (202) 208-7351
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5 Responses to “I was shocked, once again, as I witnessed the lackadaisical cleanup efforts of the BP oil spill.”


  1. 1 marco busqueda May 21st, 2010 at 10:24 am

    Look …are you surprised …? To be facing this situation is already a proof that common sense is barrely available when we are dealing with expert working for big companies …I will give you one of the reason why:*those power eager maniac do not want to share even an infinitesimâle fraction of their so hard to get status ..and so forth ..the rest is history …But one thing I cannot swallow is why the universities students worldwide…not one of them universities has done what greenpeace has done(which is not much…)…Almost impossible to comprehend only if you dont understand what is really happening …*Peer pressure is playing a big role also because crativity is not welcome unlesss you ca get a big budget to play with it …IT would take thousand little boat with a big spoon a little hand pomp but no way …perhaps the chinese would have done it that way …simple ! BUT NOW not everyone is trying to become like u$-A-H! I think you could have pushed you reasonning and your feeling further but your article was nevertheless very truthfull …GOOD LUCK

  2. 2 marco busqueda May 21st, 2010 at 10:28 am

    I made many many mistake …BUT now everyone is trying to become like US …ah!(creativity)(can)
    sorry

  3. 3 Jennifer Zurick May 22nd, 2010 at 12:46 pm

    Smoke from burns to try to clean up, or smoke-screen? If they get enough of that black yuck in the air, NASA won’t be able to image the spill.

  4. 4 janis May 30th, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    LET GO OF YOUR EGOS AND GET THE JOB DONE, BEFORE ARE WATERS ARE GONE AND THE ANIMALS THAT LIVE IN THE WATER ALSO. THAT’S WHAT I WOULD BE WORKING ON. i CAN NOT BELIEVE WHO EVER IS THE BLAME IS NOT WORKING HARDER ON THIS AWEFUL OIL SPILL. THE POOR WATER LIFE-THEY ARE THE ONES ARE SUFFERING AND THEY DID DO ANYTHING WRONG. IT IS MAN KIND AGAIN AND THERE EGO WARS.

  1. 1 America Can Do Better « It’s Getting Hot In Here Trackback on Jun 3rd, 2010 at 10:22 am
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Climate justice activist, Community organizer, Student at UNC-Wilmington, Greenpeace Campus Coordinator, President of UNCW ECO

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