My family just returned from Gulf Shores, AL last week. The President was visiting that week for an in and out photo op-that closed our road from Ft. Morgan to Gulf Shores for sereral hours. What surprised me the most was how the inhabitants of that area were angrier at the slow response from the government then they were at BP. One woman said, "at least BP has people on the ground trying to solve the problem. Our government has not cut the red tape so we can get our waters/beaches cleaned up! Lots of equipment and people sit idle.
We ate lots of seafood as most had been frozen in anticipation of the problem. Restaurants welcomed us with open arms pointing out all the boats in their marinas which hadn't been out for more then seven weeks!
And now with a moratorium on drilling at wells which have never had any problems, these folks have no way to make a living. No one is happy with BP but oil drilling is too important to this part of our country to shut it down because of one accident.
President Obama might be telling the media that the beaches are open but, sadly, the water is not! Red flags were flying and the people in charge of the chemical clean up advised us NOT to get in the water.
The saddest thing was not seeing any boats in the water (and only a few people) and few birds. I have never been to a coastal area in which there wasn't an abundance of shore birds and we were in the Bon Secour Wildlife Preserve!
Louisville, Ky. formerly of Charlotte, Vermont
06/24/2010 - 4:14pm
That there were no disaster plans in place. Anytime that you have a situation where something harmful can happen, it should be mandatory (think OSHA regs). You would have thought that this would have been considered as a possibility when the drilling was first done. This not only affects vacation plans for a lot of people, but puts a huge hardship on those that make their living from the ocean.
06/24/2010 - 4:05pm
What angers me most, besides the fact that off shore drilling was allowed at all, is that we sat back and waited, and waited and waited for BP to try and contain the spill INSTEAD of jumping in immediately and taking control of the cituation. We could have sent out boats to try and contain the oil before it could spread too far or any other effort to try and stop the flow. We sit and wait and say "Well, what are you going to do about it?" In the mean time, the oil spreads and spreads and now it's past the controlling stage. Now our animals will suffer dearly. That's unforgivable. Although I am very angry, I'm most angry at whoever allowed BP to drill WITHOUT having a WORKING emergency plan in effect, that was tested more than once, before allowing ANY drilling to even begin. That is the person to be held responsible.
06/24/2010 - 3:56pm
BP's lazy attitude and lack of concern for the Gulf Coast...business men and woman, sea life and the enviroment as a whole.
06/22/2010 - 6:58pm
This could have been mitigated - or even prevented - had our federal agencies been doing the jobs with which they have been tasked. BP could have prevented this disaster had they used proper equipment instead of choosing less expensive alternatives. But what I think angers me most, is the Federal grand standing and red tape that is preventing the affected States from doing what they can to protect their shorelines. To our current administration and congress: If you aren't Actively part of the solution, then you are part of the problem -so get out of the way!
06/22/2010 - 1:20pm
I am most angered, because I truly believe, that the spill will never ever be cleaned up. It seems impossible. Maybe it would be best if it all washed on shore and was covered by six feet of sand...
06/22/2010 - 12:47pm
I'm most angry about the irresponsibility that BP has shown... their lack of an emergency plan, and their seeming lack of concern for a speedy solution. Also, I'm extremely angry and disappointed in our federal government; it seems (I haven't researched it) there is very little regulation imposed on these drilling companies to have an emergency plan in place BEFORE THEY START TO DRILL.
Now, not only is the Gulf environment in general damaged for the next 20, 40, 60(?) years, but our seafood industry and our food supply is threatened. We never really know what we're buying in the grocery store; I just learned from Eating Well Magazine's "6 Fish We Should Eat..." article that all salmon labeled Atlantic Salmon is actually farm raised! Once the fisheries are reopened in the Gulf, will the fish be labeled appropriately, or will we be eating petroleum-tainted fish -- unknowingly -- while the government tries to tell us it's within "acceptable" limits? Acceptable to whom? I don't want to ingest that garbage!
Think of the lives and livelihoods of Americans that this disaster touches, and then try to tell me that this couldn't be labeled as some kind of terrorism. It's a foreign company, and this disaster didn't happen in their home country, so they don't really care (acccording to news reports, it sounds like the cost-avoiding safety measures that they deliberately elected to NOT put into place could have helped lessen the impact of this disaster). Until we stop selling bits and pieces of our country out to foreign interests --just to make a buck -- without greatly stiffened regulation, I think we're just inviting more troubles like this in the future.
06/22/2010 - 11:34am
I beg to differ, it was greed that caused this disaster. BP knew it was going to happen, but would not spend, what is to them a paltry 10 million to line the pipe to prevent this. Poor Tony Hayward wants his life back, so do thousands of others you half wit. I hope he loved fish and never gets another bite. Oysters and shrimp are already off a local seafood restaurant. At my age I,ll never get another taste of shrimp, thanks to BP,s greed. I don,t care of Tony drowns on his yacht.You Brits love the name Tony don,t you?
06/22/2010 - 11:03am
All these innocent sea animals that are dead & covered in oil..The damage is done!!BP only cares about the $$ of the oil that is gushing out not the animals & people out of there fishing jobs..You get the point!!
06/22/2010 - 12:51am
What upsets me the most is we knew this would happen and we continue to hold on to our obsession with oil. Will I ever get to eat seafood from the gulf again in my life time? I am 53. Mary from Newark NY