‘Brownie,’ GOP blame U.S. Coast Guard for lack of response to oil spill

Well.

I guess the GOP, and not surprisingly ‘Brownie,’ don’t really understand how their own government works.

Only, this time, by insulting the ‘reaction time’ of President Obama to the BP oil rig disaster in the Gulf Coast, they’ve actually insulted the reaction time of the United States Coast Guard who responded just as they should have … and, in record time.

4/21 – Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes and cutters are responding to an explosion and fire aboard a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) approximately 52 miles Southeast of Venice.Watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard District Eight command center here received a report at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday of an explosion and fire aboard the MODU Deepwater Horizon.   Reports are that the estimated 126 people on board have gotten off the rig. The nature and severity of injuries is not available at this time. Coast Guard units responding: MORE HERE

4/21 UPDATE: Multiple Coast Guard helicopters, planes, and cutters are responding to an explosion and fire aboard a mobile offshore drilling unit (MODU) approximately 52 miles Southeast of Venice. Watchstanders at the U.S. Coast Guard District Eight command center here received a report at approximately 10 p.m. Tuesday of an explosion and fire aboard the MODU Deepwater Horizon. MORE HERE

4/21 UPDATE: Working closely with towing industry representatives, the Coast Guard on Wednesday allowed commercial vessels to slowly transit the area where the towing vessel Misty Day sank Monday on the Kanawha River near Poca, W.Va. Salvage equipment is expected to be on scene at approximately 5:30 p.m., Wednesday, and it is projected that salvage operations will take place Thursday morning.  Once salvage equipment is on scene, the river will again be closed to vessel traffic until the Misty Dawn is raised. The Misty Dawn had approximately 4,000 gallons of fuel on board when it sank at approximately 2 a.m. Monday near the center of the channel.  The vessel has been completely boomed off and the Coast Guard is working with pollution and salvage contractors to ensure that no additional pollution impacts the waterway. MORE HERE

4/21 UPDATE: The fire is still burning and the cause of the explosion is under investigation.  Initial indications show that this was not a terrorist incident.   The investigation is a cooperative effort between Mineral Management Service and the U.S. Coast Guard. MORE HERE

So, not only did the Coast Guard dispatch to search for the missing, see to the injured, and investigate the cause of the explosion … they had the foresight to determine that the disaster did not appear to be an act of terrorism before continuing – ALL IN ONE DAY.  Shameful.

(Timeline of the United States Coast Guard’s dispatches here: http://www.piersystem.com/go/doctype/425/46479/&offset=0)

SIDE NOTE:

In case you’re wondering: “PIER System evolved out of a large-scale industrial accident that occurred in the Pacific Northwest in 1999. It was clear that the currently available technologies were not enabling communicators to meet the rapidly rising demand for instant information in the Internet age.”

The  communications question, now, is if this company PIER System was created in response to the 1999 disaster and the response time was as quick as it was … what would have happened if broadband was faster?

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