My days in Spain ended yesterday on a journey of a month, I left the beginning of May and returned June 2nd. So I had taken my laptop with me in hopes to update my experience in Spain, my home town, however that did not happen. I have taken photos that I will share once I have shared them with my family stateside. I had this vision of revisiting old friends going places, and I ended up spending the majority of my time with family. I found a tremendous amount of value in sharing dialogue, with family and coming to understand my roots, my blood. I wanted to participate in the massive DGF reunion however it had come and gone. I hope all of the DGFers are doing fantastic, that you had a tremendous time visiting such a beautiful country. It would have been nice to have seen,chatted with fellow classmates, I envisioned one visit, and I experienced one on a whole other level.
Yesterday I spent the majority of the day at the Marina. It is amazing to see all kinds of boats stored in a warehouse storage facility several feet high. The expensive customized tool boxes that the mechanics invest in. It was just a really nice day. It was Sandy, my beau, our friend and myself.
Being out all day I was not aware of the horrible tornadoes that blasted through Virginia, North Carolina, etc… and the fires in Texas . Crazy weather we are having through out the U.S., I know people that live in these areas and I hope they are all well.
There are adds being placed on Craigslist for oil clean up, individuals who have been through the process are posting, saying that it is all fraudulent. Somehow contractors put the word out they are hiring county workers for oil clean up. The contractors have you come in, fill out an application, then put you on a stand by list while getting paid by Bp for your application information. What is going on? Why say you are hiring if in fact you are not putting the applicants to work? How is compensation possible for these contractors? How is someones personal information being used for a contractors wages? Hundreds of workers locally were let go, red listed Aug 19th, p2s workers were let go on August 23rd.
P2s hired local county people from the get go, after July 26, everywhere you went whether it was the unemployment office or contractors , it was a requirement that you had to be a local resident of the county. There are all these stipulations put in place for workers when none of it is being adhered to. Who do the contractors answer to, we want full disclosure from them. They get the contracts and then 30% of the workers are local. Why is this allowed? Dan Thomas from Wear TV did story on, Local Oil Clean Up Crews Are Not 100% Local, this video along with others, can be found in the video listing on this link. All Local information reported regarding oil status.
I can only imagine the fiasco going on in Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and other affected states. If you are a worker or someone that would like to share your experience, I would love to hear from you.
It seems they have cut certain contractors and replaced them with who knows…I saw the Sept. 19th article, For Contractors, Oil Spill Is Black Gold in PNJ regarding the web of contractors by Mr Griggs . I wish he would have pushed harder for full transparency, disclosure, of how the money was being charged back to BP and the break down of monies from contractor to the people cleaning up the oil. It is very secretive and convoluted for no reason, if BP wants to keep track of how it is paying out the 20 million. I’m still happy Mr. Griggs brought it to light , why did he encounter so much red tape reporting on it?
In oil clean up there was a no digging policy on Pensacola beaches !! I wonder if that has been lifted, there is a ton of oil embedded in the dry sand.
A big thank you to Mr. Dan Thomas from WEAR TV 3 for covering this and may other Oil cleanup issues
I want to know what the independent studies are, coming out of the gulf.
Thank You PNJ Journalist for covering stories in our local area of Pensacola, as well as our Gulf Of Mexico neighbors. This Oil Spill is a big deal to everyone! After various, denial attempts, BP is hopefully taking back “no oil “statements. Pensacola has several hot spots ( really all water in Gulf is a hot spot). Local Fishermen have been reporting seeing oil for months, they pull up the oil on their fishing equipment!
So does this mean I can go back to work? I want to clean up the oil!
Front page on the PNJ today” BP cutting crews“. A contractor, P2s, was let go with its people Monday at the Fort Pickens location (supposedly replaced by another contractor who will intern hire new people??, and will the workers be from out of state????). P2s employees went to Fort Pickens yesterday to protest and my hat goes off to them! If they are a functioning certified crew, why are they all being eliminated? And does it affect p2s in Perdido , Johnson area as well? P2s from my understanding hired all local people from Escambia county through the Workforce Escarosa Center( Unemployment office) not sure if neighboring Santa Rosa, or Okaloosa County residents fell into this Escambia clean up crew as well.
There seems to be a big lay off going on with workers. I went to pick up my check yesterday at the office of GCRM and inquired about my status of being placed on a “red list” they briefly showed me about 7 pages on 8×11(from top left corner to bottom left corner approx an inch wide) of names that were highlighted in red. For all the people that have been red listed, supposedly this means there is a question regarding your HAZWOPER certification.
My certification is from Command Center, who provided the class and that I was employed by. I did not acquire it fraudulently. I went to Myrick St this morning where one of the main staging areas is located in Pensacola, and spoke to someone from Eagle SWS and I am waiting to talk to someone from BP. I am crossing my fingers! I just want to speak for myself, and others like myself, that I(we) should not be black balled for the company s that may have acted negligently.
I do not know where BP offices are located in Pensacola, if anyone knows please share!
Supposedly, there was an email faxed to sub contractors, From ERG( can not find Emergency Response Group on line) or Eagel SWS notifying contractors several companies( Able Body , Command Center, Training U and one more) have been put on the no more work list. We are not able to work cleaning up oil… going to work for a new contractor or obtaining a new HAZWOPER certification is not an option. All the workers under these staffing agencies have been banned. Why is this happening , and is it only affecting the workers in Pensacola, or is it all neighboring workers, along the Gulf Coast Oil community states?
O’Brien’s Response Management is running the show in Pensacola, I do not know if they are still in Destin or Panama City…( I was told they had closed up shop down there) I’m not sure if they are still in Louisiana and Alabama, and Mississippi. I have questions and maybe some of you in the know can help me find out.
If anyone can tell me what the official business name is for ERG and how to contact them I would appreciate it!
There is a lot of Oil in these waters and there is more to come, to surface, are they indoctrinating us , to push us to drill in the gulf now that are waters are dead? Is that their plan no matter what.
Regarding the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill ,who is pulling the HAZWOPER Certifications OSHA, BP, the contractors ? Is the battle cutting costs , or are there way too many workers under trained? I have to say, since the get go, I have not seen any contractor operating at 100% under OSHA regulations regarding Hazardous material.
I just got a phone call from (GCRM)Gulf Coast Response Management( company name) branched out from P3 Construction…The company that I am currently working for..has just informed me that my HAZWOPER certification from Command Center is not being accepted, that my badge will be pulled on site, or any other site. Command Center spoke to BP back in late July regarding the rumor-ville of invalid certifications and supposedly everything was straightened out! I have been working for a while with this certification!!! I started oil clean up on the 21st of June , and it is now August 19th! This is my second week out with GCRM!!! . So what is going on??
If anyone has any info to add…if there is a running list of banned certifications….Please send me a comment… would love to hear from you!!!