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The Struggle To Buy Groceries

For most people here in Louisiana, it's a struggle to take care of our families. The oil spill happened. We know BP was negligent and they will have to make amends. 

The fishing industry is shut down. These men and women who made a living in that area now has to find other means of livelihood. 

The oil spill did not really affect the oil industries here until Obama put a moratorium on off shore drilling, specifically deep water. 

The people the lost jobs in the fishing industry could have at least try to get temporary or permanent jobs in the oil services, but alas that too is a dead end because of this moratorium. So it's like we are hit with double, triple, however many whammies. How did Obama think this would help us? 

So now my family can barely make ends meet and it's not like we are a family to ever live above our means. Shoot we even order pizza!
I can't go to the store now unless we have $20 extra that can get the basic, milk , eggs, bagels. 

Since I returned from vacation, I've been babysitting and I know if it wasn't for that, this month we might not have been able to get groceries. 
Now my husband have the added stress of worrying about how to pay our mortgage and vehicle and utilities etc. 

Once again, how is this moratorium helping the people of Louisiana?

Then of course there is the stupid blame game that went on and on and on. The reality is that everything these oil companies do have to be signed off on. So someone knows what was going on. The people who inspected these rigs knew if things weren't right.  So why aren't they also held accountable? 

We constantly have drills for emergencies of all sorts? Why weren't there procedures in place for a disaster like this? Everyone was scrambling around pantless. 

All this jetting to and from the gulf just to walk on the non-existent beaches for a show of the press does nothing but waste fuel. The same fuel that government want to make it seems like it's not a necessity in the  present American way of life. 

Can't you utilize the various digital means of conferences and get your heads together and discuss what needs to be done? The flying all over the country with body guards and what not is a waste of money. 
The president showing up in LA does not mean he cares more or any less. I've never really understood why people think the president needs to show up at a disaster area just to look. How does that help?

Anyway rant off. 

And our struggle continues. 

You can read more here on the matter below: *NOTE* Apparently they are changing the link or something so I'm sharing the original page* 

More on gulf oil spill
During Monday's two-hour hearing, plaintiffs' attorney Carl Rosenblum said the six-month suspension of drilling work could prove more economically devastating than the spill itself.

But a lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington, La., claims the government arbitrarily imposed the moratorium without any proof that the operations posed a threat. Hornbeck says the moratorium could cost Louisiana thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost wages.

Meanwhile, Kenneth Feinberg, who has been tapped by the White House to run the fund set up to help people harmed by the spill, said many people are in desperate financial straits and need immediate relief.

Gulf rig owner criticizes Obama's drilling halt

NEW ORLEANS – The owner of the drilling rig involved in the massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico criticized the U.S. government's six-month ban on deepwater drilling in the area Tuesday.
On the sidelines of an oil conference in London, Transocean Ltd. president Steven Newman said there were things President Barack Obama's administration "could implement today that would allow the industry to go back to work tomorrow without an arbitrary six-month time limit."
Transocean owns the Deepwater Horizon rig, which was run by British oil company BP PLC. An April 20 explosion on the rig killed 11 workers and set off the worst offshore oil spill in U.S. history.
The criticism came a day after a federal judge in New Orleans began to mull lifting the moratorium, which the Obama administration imposed after the disaster began, and the administrator of a $20 billion fund to compensate oil spill victims pledged to speed payment of claims.
Judge Martin Feldman said he will decide by Wednesday whether to overturn the ban.
During Monday's two-hour hearing, plaintiffs' attorney Carl Rosenblum said the six-month suspension of drilling work could prove more economically devastating than the spill itself.
"This is an unprecedented industrywide shutdown. Never before has the government done this," Rosenblum said.
Government lawyers said the Interior Department has demonstrated that industry regulators need more time to study the risks of deepwater drilling and identify ways to make it safer.
"The safeguards and regulations in place on April 20 did not create a sufficient margin of safety," said Justice Department attorney Guillermo Montero.
Meanwhile, Kenneth Feinberg, who has been tapped by the White House to run the fund set up to help people harmed by the spill, said many people are in desperate financial straits and need immediate relief.
"We want to get these claims out quicker," he said. "We want to get these claims out with more transparency."
Feinberg, who ran the claim fund set up for victims of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, said BP has paid out over $100 million so far. Various estimates place total claims so far in excess of $600 million.
BP said it has spent $2 billion fighting the spill for the last two months and compensating victims, with no end in sight. It's likely to be at least August before crews finish two relief wells that are the best chance of stopping the flow of oil.
The British oil giant released its latest tally of response costs, including $105 million paid out so far to 32,000 claimants. That figure does not include the $20 billion fund BP PLC last week agreed to set up for residents and businesses hurt by the spill.
Also Monday, the government sent BP a $51.4 million bill for the response effort. BP has already paid two other bills totaling $70.9 million.
Shares of BP, which have lost about half their value since the April 20 oil rig disaster that killed 11 workers, fell nearly 3 percent Monday in New York trading to $30.86.
BP chief executive Tony Hayward canceled a scheduled Tuesday appearance at the London oil conference, citing his commitment to the Gulf relief effort. The last-minute pullout followed stinging criticism of Hayward's attendance at a yacht race on the Isle of Wight off the coast of southern England on Saturday.
Obama's administration has also been struggling to show it is responding forcefully to the spill, which has gushed anywhere from 68 million to 126 millions gallons of oil into the Gulf.
As part of that effort, the Interior Department halted the approval of any new permits for deepwater drilling and suspended drilling at 33 existing exploratory wells in the Gulf.
But a lawsuit filed by Hornbeck Offshore Services of Covington, La., claims the government arbitrarily imposed the moratorium without any proof that the operations posed a threat. Hornbeck says the moratorium could cost Louisiana thousands of jobs and millions of dollars in lost wages.
During Monday's hearing, Feldman asked a government lawyer why the Interior Department decided to suspend deepwater drilling after the rig explosion when it didn't bar oil tankers from Alaskan waters after the Exxon Valdez spill in 1989 or take similar actions in the wake of other industrial accidents.
"The Deepwater Horizon blowout was a game-changer," Montero said. "It really illustrates the risks that are inherent in deepwater drilling."
Feldman asked Rosenblum if it's true that a recent Securities and Exchange Commission filing by Hornbeck suggests "basically things are pretty good" for the company and it can survive the moratorium. Rosenblum said the full impact of the shutdown cannot be calculated.
"Thousands of businesses will be affected," he said. "These dominoes are falling as we speak."
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal's office filed a brief supporting the plaintiffs' suit. A lawyer for the state told Feldman that the federal government did not consult Louisiana officials before imposing the moratorium, in violation of federal law.
Catherine Wannamaker, a lawyer for several environmental groups that support the moratorium, said six months is a reasonable time for drilling to be suspended while the government studies the risks and regulations governing the industry.
"The risks here are new," she said.
Government lawyers said the plaintiffs haven't seen much of the data that served as the basis for the Interior Department's decision to suspend drilling operations.
Secretary of the Interior Ken Salazar "wants to be sure deepwater drilling is as safe as we all thought it was on the day before the incident on April 20," said government lawyer Brian Collins.
U.S. District Judge Nancy Atlas in Houston listened to Monday's hearing over the telephone. Atlas is presiding over a similar case against the Interior Department filed by Diamond Offshore Co., which operates a fleet of drilling rigs.
Along the coast Monday, some cleanup workers reported progress.
On Barataria Bay off the coast of Louisiana, thick globs of oil that washed onto marshy islands a week ago had disappeared, leaving a mass of stained bushes and partly yellowed grasses.
Blackened lengths of boom surrounded the islands, which were still teeming with brown pelicans, gulls and other seabirds, some with visible signs of oil on their plumage. Nearby, shrimp boats that have been transformed into skimmers hauled absorbent booms across the water's surface, collecting some of the remaining oil.
Crews aboard Navy and Coast Guard boats teamed with local fishermen using booms to funnel oil into a vessel and haul it away.
This is the area's new economy — dependent as ever on the sprawling bay, but now those who made their living harvesting its bounty are focused on its healing.
"It looks 10 times better than it did a week ago," said Carey O'Neil, 42, a commercial fisherman idled by the spill who now provides tours of the damaged areas for media and government observers in his 23-foot boat anchored in Grand Isle. "But what impact will this have for the future — two, three, four, even 10 years? That's what worries me."
The number of oil-soaked birds in the area is down significantly, from 60 or 70 a day at the triage center on Grand Isle to more like seven or eight, said Steve Martarano, a spokesman for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
"We've been sending 55 boats a day out pretty much since day one, when the oil hit this area, and so we feel like we've really made inroads," he said.
Associated Press writers John Flesher and Ramit Plushnick-Masti in Barataria, La., and Robert Barr and Jane Wardell in London contributed to this report.


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  1. I agree with everything you said. I am very worried about what this means for my husband as well (who you know works on a deep water rig) but my heart BREAKS for the people of LA!! Obama's mandate has left your economy with nothing to help it and pick it back up. I just cannot understand how stopping drilling is helping this situation in any form!!!! I just cannot grasp the thought process behind it. And I also agree that every effort should be put towards fixing the problem - the leak. Not blaming, not the media, just figuring out how to make a horrible sitaution better faster!! We'll keep praying!

  2. Like most Americans (I hope!) I'm praying for everyone in the gulf, and for a solution to this problem. Most technically-minded people seem to think that there is no solution at this point. What a miserable mess. And all anyone seems to know how to do is point fingers. It's sad. Praying you guys will find a way to come out on top financially!

  3. I am so sorry you're going through such a struggle. I completely understand.

    My hubs lost his job due to bad economy shutting down oil rigs in 2008 in Canada. It took him 13 months to get another job and not as well paid (but it pays the bills). I had to rely on my mom and sister for the first time in my life to help put food on the table and get insulin for my D-son. It was the worst time in my life so I do feel for you.

    I hope things will turn soon and you and the other families struggling will get through this.

  4. I'm so sorry for the difficulties you and many others in the Gulf Region are dealing with. I can't imagine as I am living in the north east. Ayway, God bless this judge -

    I pray the next court up holds this judge's ruling. Praying for you all!

  5. the sad part is BP put out some money and they are thinking it will make it all better. It wont!! It so sad and all we all can do is pray for a miracle to have this fixed up soon!

  6. Wow that is devastating to hear. I do hope they lift that moratorium soon! When Josh told me about it this morning he was angry and annoyed with Obama. He hates it when the government over reacts and this is a prime example of that.

    I am glad you were able to get those groceries by babysitting but goodness sakes - you wouldn't be so hard up if Obama hadn't made such a foolish decision.

  7. I can't imagine all the ways this effects families. Babysitting sounds like a great way to meet the bills.


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