Wednesday, June 30, 2010

S.S. A-Whale blocked by the EPA

There is a ship called the S.S. A-Whale, currently docked in Virginia, which has the capability of skimming up 500,000 barrels of oil per day (21 million gallons). To put this in perspective, if you add together the skimming capacity of every ship the Obama administration has authorized so far, the total comes to 600,000 barrels per day.

In other words, this one ship alone could do almost as much work as everything we currently have in the Gulf! So what is the problem?

The first problem was the Jones Act which Obama could have quickly waived but did not do so.

The second problem is the EPA. The way the S.S. A-Whale works is that it skims up oil and water, then separates and retains the oil in its massive tanks and discharges the water. The discharged water, however, has a small amount of oily residue and the EPA will not allow that to be discharged.

So rather than having a small amount of oily residue discharged in the Gulf, the EPA would prefer to leave millions of barrels of oil there!!!

Please read the entire outstanding article at the Heritage Foundations' Foundry Blog.

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