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Why are the barges being halted by the coast guard?

Talk about chaos, these working barges were stopped to see if they had fire extinguishers? Is it really necessary ? Is that whats important? They are being allowed to go back out today but Jindal says every minute counts. They could have had 100 thou gallons of oil sucked up if they hadn't had to stop.
More proof the government is incompetant and unable to meet the demands of another tragedy.

http://abcnews.go.com/WN/bp-oil-spill-gov-bobby-jindals-wishes-crude/story?id=10946379

 
itsmesteph11

Asked by itsmesteph11 at 12:29 PM on Jun. 18, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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Answers (9)
  • WHO is in CHARGE of all this???
    momof030404

    Answer by momof030404 at 3:05 PM on Jun. 18, 2010

  • If a fire breaks out on one of those barges due to a short in their electrical system while sucking up oil, you'd better hope they have extinguishers.Not to mention life vests in case of an emergency. So it is necessary in order to prevent another tragedy. Don't get me wrong I'm ready for them to fix this problem as quickly as possible too, but we can't go in unprepared and cut corners, that's how this mess happened in the first place.
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 12:54 PM on Jun. 18, 2010

  • Kristi - Good answer. You would think, when cleaning up a disaster caused by negligence and complacency, people would be relieved to see that someone is ensuring all the needed safety precautions are being followed. If ANYONE in government had taken the extra bit of time and money it would have required to ensure the well had the needed safty features, we wouldn't be having this discussion.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:40 PM on Jun. 18, 2010

  • Thank you Kristi! Yes, it may seem like closing the barn door after the animals have already escaped, but what if the entire gulf caught on fire! Think about it!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:58 PM on Jun. 18, 2010

  • It does make sense, there was a ship that caught fire earlier this week, wasn't there? And I saw pictures of them burning off the methane gas on some of these ships. So, I would think it common sense to check and see.
    29again

    Answer by 29again at 2:26 PM on Jun. 18, 2010

  • More proof that Jindal is mugging for the camera's. Iam sure he was told WHY

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 3:28 PM on Jun. 18, 2010

  • New said they sent them out last night. Did they bring them back? They can suck up the oil that is not close to the original oil spill site since the oil spill was said to be the size of Kansas!
    admckenzie

    Answer by admckenzie at 4:09 PM on Jun. 18, 2010

  • "Thank you Kristi! Yes, it may seem like closing the barn door after the animals have already escaped, but what if the entire gulf caught on fire! Think about it!"

    Well, I did think about it, and it seems to me that if the whole gulf caught on fire, a few fire extinguishers wouldn't make a whole lot of difference. Think about it.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 5:37 PM on Jun. 18, 2010

  • Well, I did think about it, and it seems to me that if the whole gulf caught on fire, a few fire extinguishers wouldn't make a whole lot of difference. Think about it.

    It was also in regards to life vests. Furthermore if the fire starts on a barge(which is likely since there tends to be a lack of electrical equipment or fire starting elements in the middle of the ocean) you would want someone to put it out before the whole gulf catches.In fact life jackets and fire extinguishers on barges are required by Law. Really it was about the safety of those on the barges but if you'd rather a barge catches fire killing the majority of it's crew...........
    KristiS11384

    Answer by KristiS11384 at 6:38 PM on Jun. 18, 2010

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