Below: Oil-saturated booms adrift in Barataria Bay and other areas.
Photo: Brian Naylor/NPR
Thousands of volunteers, fishermen, experts etc. wait to help and yet they all have to be approved and trained by BP. Why are there not more training sessions being run by the USCG, DNR, EPA and other agencies? Surely people - once they've been instructed - could be collecting and replacing the booms...because BP has simply abandoned them.
The mess in the water and marsh is equalled only by the snarled and maze-like regulations that prevent citizens from protecting their own home-land. Federal and state law dictates that areas such as a pelican rookery cannot be "disturbed" - and apparently this includes the removal of the useless booms.
The regulations that exist must be re-thought and adapted to address the most devastating environmental disaster this nation has ever known. The old rules are coated in oil and useless now.