BP Slick Reached Mississippi While Haley Barbour Went Fundraising In Washington

As significant amounts of oil from the BP disaster moved past Mississippi’s barrier islands this week, Gov. Haley Barbour (R-MS) partied in Washington DC to raise money for Republicans.  TP has the story in this cross-post.

June 26 spillOn Wednesday, boats were skimming oil near the Petit Bois Island at the Mississippi-Alabama border. Barbour decided to attend to his duties as a political fundraiser:

Barbour on Thursday held Washington fund-raisers for the Republican Governors Association, which he heads, and for one of his political action committees, which is raising money for GOP congressional candidates. His fund-raising is receiving some national media attention and feuling speculation that he is already gearing up for a run for president in 2012.

“The most important thing right now is the 2010 elections,” Barbour told reporters.

Continuing his record of dismissing the magnitude of the BP disaster, Barbour said on Friday after he returned to Mississippi that major slicks miles long within the Mississippi Sound “shouldn’t be a cause for alarm.” By Saturday, there were “long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil for as far as the eye could see and acres of both heavy and light sheen moving into the Sound between the barrier islands.”

The system for responding to a major oil spill depends on coordination between the federal government, the responsible oil company, and the state government. Out of the 6,000 National Guard troops President Obama has authorized for response in Mississippi, Haley Barbour has mobilized only 58. However, he has declared today to be a Day of Prayer “to remember the Mississippi Gulf Coast.”

In the image, June 26 NASA satellite imagery shows long ribbons of oil have entered the Mississippi Sound.

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16 Responses to BP Slick Reached Mississippi While Haley Barbour Went Fundraising In Washington

  1. Prokaryote says:

    At the Group of 20 summit in Toronto on Sunday, Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, who heads the world’s biggest energy producer, made a proposal for a global pollution fund, into which oil companies would be forced to pay.

    Medvedev has questioned the future of BP and the Russian ambassador to Britain has said the country wants guarantees from BP that its Russian venture would not be affected.

    Louisiana’s fragile wetlands have been hardest hit by the oil but Mississippi had escaped damage until Sunday, when oil washed ashore there for the first time, although some oil had tainted its barrier islands. Oil has also come ashore in Alabama and Florida’s Gulf coast.

    Gluey gobs of brown oil and a rainbow oil sheen sloshed onto tourist beaches at Ocean Springs, Mississippi, about 10 miles east of Biloxi, and at a beach used by fisherman that is close to an inland marsh.


  2. Prokaryote says:

    NOAA Gulf of Mexico oil spill trajectory forecasts for Monday through Wednesday

  3. Wit's End says:

    “A dire report prepared for President Medvedev by Russia’s Ministry of Natural Resources is warning today that the British Petroleum (BP) oil and gas leak in the Gulf of Mexico is about to become the worst environmental catastrophe in all of human history threatening the entire eastern half of the North American continent with “total destruction”.

    Russian scientists are basing their apocalyptic destruction assessment due to BP’s use of millions of gallons of the chemical dispersal agent known as Corexit 9500 which is being pumped directly into the leak of this wellhead over a mile under the Gulf of Mexico waters and designed, this report says, to keep hidden from the American public the full, and tragic, extent of this leak that is now estimated to be over 2.9 million gallons a day.”

  4. Prokaryote says:

    Could someone explain to me why the oil response still use dispersant?

  5. Prokaryote says:

    BP oil spill Corexit dispersants suspected in widespread crop damage

  6. nika says:

    They use Corexit for one reason – PR control – keeps the oil below the surface. This (supposedly) will “minimize” the number of sweet fuzzy, furry, winged creatures caught on video dying horrific deaths on global television. I am not being hyperbolic when I say this, this is simply the only reason they use this toxic stew that is ONLY making things worse on so many different levels now and in the future.

  7. catman306 says:

    Prokaryote, I think it’s because BP is a terrorist organization and will stop at nothing short of the total destruction of the Gulf of Mexico. Terrorists of all stripes around the world must be in total awe at the havoc that BP has caused and is CONTINUING to cause. Those terrorists should be totally humbled.

    I thought your #5 post was from Witsend.

    This is from Environmental Defense Fund and has links about specific problems with Corexit. How was it approved?

  8. Raul says:

    EDF has nice videos showing concern for the Gulf.

  9. mike roddy says:

    From what I understand, Corexit wasn’t exactly approved for that application at the well, and when EPA told BP to stop using it, BP essentially said “Don’t bother us, punks”. And thanks for the links on the subject, Prokaryote and Wits End. Along with Tenney, you ladies are our best researchers, and I’ve learned much from you.

    This is what it has come to, and it’s not just a Republican problem. The rich are very heavily invested in fossil fuels, and the banksters love to lend oil companies money, because they never go broke. Until now, anyway- and I suspect DC won’t let it happen this time, either.

    Our country is in big trouble as long as the kind of people who run oil companies and investment banks can make anything happen with a phone call.

    President Barbour would fit right in. He could even run the country from his plantation in Mississippi, like Bush did from Crawford.

  10. mike roddy says:

    Gail, I just read that report about Corexit from your link to the European paper. Wow.

  11. BillyHewitt says:

    BP is a terrorist organization the same as Al Qaeda and BP Corporate officers have committed a terrorist act against America by murdering Americans and destroying the Gulf of Mexico (in process). Simply declare BP a terrorist organization and send all company officers to Guantanamo for daily waterboarding until they confess (Bush & Cheney solution) then introduce them to Cuban firing squad. The patriot act would apply and all problems are solved.

  12. Wit's End says:

    BillyH, I support oilboarding them.

  13. Bill W says:

    Interesting link there, Gail (Wit’s End), but did you follow the “Source” link at the end of it? It doesn’t look to me like anything I would consider a credible source. And I really, really hope it ISN’T a credible source.

  14. Wit's End says:

    Bill W, there is even MUCH more hysterical stuff out there on the web, conspiracy theories that the Gulf spill was a planned attack by One World Order types to diminish the population of “undesireables” – blacks and old people who predominate in Florida and Louisiana, I kid you not!

    I do not vouch for the validity of that link. To me, it is at a minimum, an indication of how helpless, hopeless, and paranoid people have become – which I attribute to the subliminal knowledge (because most people won’t/can’t admit it) that we all know we have pushed the limits of sustainability beyond redemption, whether it is overpopulation or pollution – the ecosystems on land and in the sea are collapsing, and we face a very existential threat to our own existence, never mind the species of plants and animals we have been exploiting.

  15. mike roddy says:

    Wit’s End, I think the link from the European magazine overstated the danger from airborne Corexit, but at least they brought it up- something American MSM did not. And the claim that bankers and oil companies have purchased our government is not an exaggeration, in my opinion.

    The One World Order stuff is pretty out there, all right- I have an ex who was into all of that, including Bilderburg. Considering Obama’s deference to BP, though, she is looking less weird all the time.