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U.S. refused Dutch oil skimmers

And we want to let these would-be dictators
control our energy supplies?

 

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26 Jun 10 - The Dutch have developed
oil skimmers that can be attached to oil tankers, says this article on icecap.us.
The skimmers can pump oil and water
from the surface of the ocean into the
tanker. Any water pumped into the tanker
along with the oil will settle to the bottom
where it can then be pumped back into
the ocean to make room for more oil.
Each system will collect 36,500 barrels
of oil per day. The Dutch system has
been used successfully in Europe.

Three days after the oil spill started, the Dutch offered to fly four of their skimmer systems to the Gulf. "The offer was apparently turned down because EPA regulations do not allow water with oil to be pumped back into the ocean," says author John Ryden.

Those four refused skimmers have a capacity of 146,000 barrels per day. As of June 8th, BP reported that they had collected 64,650 barrels of oil in the Gulf, less than one day’s rated capacity of the Dutch oil skimmers.

"Turning down the Dutch skimmers just shows a total lack of leadership in the oil spill," says Ryden. "To just leave the oil in the water because regulations do not allow you to pump slightly polluted oil back into the ocean is just plain stupid. The small amount of oil pumped back into the ocean with the Dutch system is tiny droplets of suspended oil that will be quickly broken down by naturally occurring bacteria."

And we want to let these would-be dictators control our energy supplies? Yell NO to any talk of Cap-and-Trade (Control-and-Tax) laws.

See entire article, entitled "U.S. reconsiders Dutch offer to supply oil skimmers"

http://www.icecap.us/


 



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