Scientists Slam White House on Oil Spill Response
Meanwhile, heavy oil hitting Louisiana marshlands
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 20, 2010 7:45 AM CDT
Greenpeace worker Lindsey Allen collects samples of oil that washed up along the mouth of the Mississippi River near Venice, La., Wednesday, May 19, 2010.   (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

(Newser) – With heavy oil at last washing ashore in Louisiana, scientists are slamming the Obama administration for responding to the Deepwater Horizon spill too slowly, and not investigating enough. “It seems baffling that we don't know how much oil is being spilled,” one oceanographer said on Capitol Hill yesterday. The government has deployed 1,105 ships to contain the oil, the New York Times explains, but scientists complain that they aren't taking enough water samples, or making those samples public.

The administration has revealed that contamination levels appear low everywhere except Louisiana—where things are dire. Heavy oil finally sloshed into the state's marshland today. Until now only tarballs and sheen had hit the area, which is a key source of seafood for the state. It's “a day we have all been fearing,” Bobby Jindal tells Reuters. “It's already here, but we know more is coming.”

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May 20, 2010 6:15 PM CDT
Drill, Bobby, Drill.
May 20, 2010 5:24 PM CDT
Oceanographers get a grip. BP is responsible for the spill. I don't care how fast the reaction or inquiry there is little the White House can do other than keep on BP's ass to make sure they don't drag their feet and work as quickly as possible to clean up this massive mess.
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May 20, 2010 4:19 PM CDT
Where is the condemnation of the White House?? I here they are studying the problem. That means they are trying to figure out how to blame every one else.