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June 16, 2010

Why Obama's EPA Turned Down the Dutch Offer to Help

Posted by Gregory of Yardale at June 16, 2010 10:41 AM

Bureaucratic Idiocy at its most facepalmtastic.

The U.S. Government has apparently reconsidered a Dutch offer to supply 4 oil skimmers. These are large arms that are attached to oil tankers that pump oil and water from the surface of the ocean into the tanker. Water pumped into the tanker will settle to the bottom of the tanker and is then pumped back into the ocean to make room for more oil. Each system will collect 5,000 tons of oil each day.
The Dutch offered to fly their skimmer arm systems to the Gulf 3 days after the oil spill started. The offer was apparently turned down because EPA regulations do not allow water with oil to be pumped back into the ocean. If all the oily water was retained in the tanker, the capacity of the system would be greatly diminished because most of what is pumped into the tanker is sea water.

Get it? The EPA wouldn't let them suck lots of oil out of the ocean because they would be returning small amounts of oil into the ocean.

But don't worry, Bammy's Energy Secretary won a Nobel Prize.