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Feds Block Public From Investigating Oiled Beaches (Video)

Feds Block Public From Investigating Oiled Beaches (Video)

“We achieved an important milestone in our response to the BP oil spill — the final termination of the damaged well that sat deep under the Gulf of Mexico,” President Barack Obama said in a statement today.

Unfortunately, BP’s cover-up of the extent of the damage in the Gulf continues.

As you’ll see in this video, government officials are still doing everything they can to prevent the public from investigating the state of their national parks and beaches.

Despite Obama’s promised to “remain committed to doing everything possible to make sure the Gulf Coast recovers fully from this disaster,” many are skeptical that BP will live fulfill its pledge to clean up the oil and to pay all legitimate claims arising from the crisis.

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12:02PM PDT on Sep 27, 2010

Ah yes, the Corporatocracy is fully in charge of its prostitutes.

3:59PM PDT on Sep 24, 2010

One question: Jean Wilson, Sep. 21, 2010:
So Jean, how's this workin' for Native Americans?

3:28AM PDT on Sep 24, 2010

Did anyone investigate if there actually were such a statute? Sounds like BP (Bullpoop) to me.

10:36PM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

Typical.

5:08PM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

Gary, the reporter is not a researcher... and the researchers don't need to dig for oil on the beach. Why? Because they know it's there already. It just needs to be cleaned up!

Now the problem is going to be cleaning up the sunken oil that you're talking about. That's not going to be easy... some of it is 5,000 feet below the surface of the water.

2:52PM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

MORE COVERUP BY US GOVERNMENT AND BP. THEY FOUND SLUDGE FEET THICK ON YTHE OCEAN FLOOR FOR MILES. WHO'S GOING TO CLEAN THAT, THE FISH! WE NEED REAL ACCOUNTABLITY THAT'S WHY THESE RESEARCHERS NEED TO DIG.

11:29AM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

You are not making much use of scientific method, I am amazed that you are a "scientist" as you seem lacking in your ability to analyze but then maybe you never had a class in journalism. I will speak here only of the video itself...the reporter obviously wants to hype the story and sticks the mike in the face of the man on the beach who is just doing his job. The reporters job is not to produce the Jerry Springer show but to obtain the information, his style is that of something he has seen in a bad movie. The vest man does give him a clue to go to the source but reporter keeps up the hype, Then he really fails the course when he goes back and produces the video without filling in the blanks and obtaining the additional information who , what, where, when etc. He simply puts the video out for the citizens to fill in the blanks and they did, with ridiculous proposals to march like sheep to the beach with shovels, remarks about our country and threats of civil disobedience. So teacher , be ashamed of your lack of critical thinking , hope you don't teach your students to be so concrete, it's dangerous in a democracy. By the way, the station did try to clean up it's act with another video, it's a piece of bad journalism too, but who cares, apparently the dumbing down is so bad that even the teacher lacks discernment and the ability to analyze a situation, and don't cry teacher as a cop out, there are good teachers and terrible teachers, and the terrible ones ofter become princ

11:00AM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

Lou P, please refer to my previous post below and thumping your chest like a silverback gorilla is very unbecoming for an educator. Or are you bullying me?

10:58AM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

Unfortunately some of you still don't get it. This is not a BP conspiracy nor a government conspiracy. The 'no digging' policy pertains to the Historic Preservation Act of 1966:

1966, National Historic Preservation Act: This act supplements the provisions of the Antiquities Act of 1906. The law makes it illegal to destroy, excavate or remove information from Federal or Indian lands any archeological resources without a permit from the land manager. Permits may be issued only to educational or scientific institutions and only if the resulting activities will increase knowledge about archeological resources. Regulations for the ultimate disposition of materials recovered as a result of permitted activities state that archeological resources excavated on public lands remain the property of the United States. Archeological resources excavated from Indian lands remain the property of the Indian or Indian tribe having rights of ownership over such resources.

7:59AM PDT on Sep 21, 2010

In the country where I live, all land within a certain distance of the sea is public and open land - it can't be owned, nor can access to it be restricted. The beach belongs to everyone, not the government.

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