The Senate Appropriations Science Subcommittee Hearing:
Uses of Dispersants in Gulf Oil Spill, Environmental Panel.
I had stated in a previous article that I was going to write a post called, “Governors Jindal, Barbour, Crist, Riley, and Perry: I CALL YOU OUT.” I wanted the Governors to demand some answers as no one it seemed to know who was in charge. No sooner had I put the finishing touches on the article, I find something that changes much of what I had written. I think I just witnessed a Democrat doing her job! Kudos to The Senator from Maryland! I was right! No one knows who is in authority, nor do they have many answers. Senator Barbara Mikulski reams the head of the EPA!
Watch Lisa Jackson, head of the EPA, squirm as Mikulski demands the answer as to why Jackson did not know the extent of her authority as head of the EPA to insist that BP stop using or limit the use of Corexit. Mikulski wants to know who had the ultimate authority, Thad Allen or Jackson? Jackson, looking as nervous as a cat in a room full of rocking chairs, explained that this is ”a matter of untested law,” and “I would not know. I am not an attorney.”
The Video is 1 hour 12 minutes long but well worth watching. Why did we not see this on the news? Are we the only ones who watch C-Span?
Senator Mikulski asked if the dispersants could become the “Agent Orange of the Gulf.”
I wonder why Nalco Holding Co., the maker of Corexit 9500, refused to attend the Senate Appropriations science subcommittee hearing? Senator Mikulski indicates that she may subpoena Nalco.
Lisa Jackson and Larry Robinson testified at a hearing on the use of dispersants in response to the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Topics included the effects dispersants have on wildlife and seafood safety, and EPA authority to ban dispersants. In her testimony Administrator Jackson said that BP has used over 1.8 million gallons of dispersants to date on the spill, a volume never used before in the United States.
This is very informative and I must say I was impressed with The Senator. There are many questions yet to be answered, but at least someone is asking.