Media, the powers at be, are putting a positive spin on visiting the Gulf Coast . I’m concerned that we are missing the bigger picture. I want businesses to prevail but at what cost? They have been using machines to dig and rake the sand, what about the water? I would like to know what independent studies have come up with and how many there are. Well PSU under Charles Fisher has been doing studies in the Gulf prior to and after the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico . I hope they can tell us honestly what is going on with ocean life, and its total environmental exposure for communities around it. I want to find a list of how many researchers are in the Gulf.
I’m going boating on Saturday so I am looking forward to seeing what the water looks like.
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!
I hope that fellow subscribers, passer-byes , do not fill inundated with Gulf Oil stories. Citizens there is so much at stake here ecologically , this is just the onset, I live In Pensacola and the insurmountable damage to the ocean (marine biology) , and all its life force may never recover. Everything vibrant and beautiful in these waters did not deserve this! All ocean life needs someone to speak on their behalf….I can not imagine the toxicity, the horrible deaths those poor Marine Mammals, creatures are enduring. They deserve a clean and safe habitat just like us!!
I spend my time relaying this information because I am speaking from my heart. I am of this earth and I am made with the same energy, as all creation. However, hierarchy in the kingdom of creation dictates human beings are at the top with reasoning and logic abilities. As a human being I get disgusted and embarrassed with fellow human beings , that my species is responsible for the destruction and suffering of nature and all forms of life. People are responsible for the horrible atrocities around the world.
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!!!
I worked Sat. and Sun. of last week and was not put back to work until this passed Sat. Most oil workers are on 3 day one week 4 day the following week rotations. Some workers are sill working 7 days a week. We still have workers that are out of town and receiving housing and per Diem.( even though they were suppose to eliminate non county workers)
The boom that was on the water was taken away by the time I went back out Sat. Aug. 14th because they were not seeing oil on the surface. I work on the area by the lodge and camping ground, the inlet in that area actually goes out to the Pensacola Beach and Fort Pickens. Yesterday there were small boats skimming the inlet area for oil on top. I watched as the personnel on the boats placed the pompom boom down, a little 4 foot strip yesterday, not sure when they will re check it but it will turn black catching the oil. It was already turning a darkish black brown from the oil when we were there. My team picked up over 100 bags weighing 20 pounds each, within a 2 hr period, there were approximately 13 of us in our area. It was all tar consistency in the water, in the shore line. We are not allowed to go any further than ankle deep.