Inside Louisiana News: Federal Government Halts Clean Up

June 17, 2010

Vacuum Barges Shut Down

Inside Louisiana News – Six vacuum barges, which were to be positioned along Plaquemines Parish’s coastline to suck up oil, were shut down by the U.S. Coast Guard.

“We’re disgusted that once again, instead of helping, the Coast Guard is throwing up a road block. It used to be that they couldn’t make a decision or approve equipment. Now they’re shutting down cleanup efforts because we might not have life jackets or fire extinguishers. You think they’d inspect the barges before shutting down the operation,” said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser. “I thought I heard the President say we were at war. Would you shut down tanks to check for fire extinguishers if you were being shot at? The people of Plaquemines Parish were so disgusted they took shop vacs from their garages and used them to suck up oil.”

In total, three barrels were filled with thick oil in less than 15 minutes using shop vacuums in Bay Jimmy.

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