Patterico’s Pontifications » Fabricating the Oil Cleanup
From David Freddoso at the Washington Examiner:
“The number of assets claimed [by the White House], however, does not appear to match what is actually in the field. This is corroborated by Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who shared a similar story with investigators. BP and Coast Guard provided Mr. Nungesser with a map of the Gulf allegedly pinpointing the exact locations of 140 skimmers cleaning up oil. Sensing that the chart may have been somewhat inaccurate, Mr. Nungesser requested a flyover of the assets for verification. After three cancelled trips, officials admitted to Mr. Nungesser that only 31 of the 140 skimmers were ever deployed. The rest were sitting at the docks. According to Mr. Nungesser, the chart appeared to have been fabricated.”
Freddoso also addresses the “illusion” that President Obama and his Administration are in charge, saying instead that BP (or no one) is overseeing the cleanup. He alleges resources have been distributed based on PR and not cleanup value, and the federal government has tied the hands of local officials eager to help.