June 10th, 2010
10:52 AM ET
12 years ago

Senator blasts officials over Gulf disaster

Sen. Bill Nelson, D-Florida, blasted federal officials Thursday for failing to alert local authorities that oil from the Gulf disaster has now entered Florida waters. Nelson noted that oil has entered Florida's Perdido Bay, near the Alabama border.

"The Coast Guard is doing a great job but they are stretched to the limit," Nelson said during a Senate hearing on the spill. "We are livid that the command and control is not there. ... Communication is not coming to the state and local government."

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soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. need media attention Mr. Nelson?

    what were you thinking the oil spill would do?

    "has now entered Florida waters"

    this must be the only way you can think to get your hands into the coming money

    June 10, 2010 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  2. gt

    quick get a mike and tv on sen. nelson....he loves the press coverage.

    June 10, 2010 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  3. Chessnutz of Liverpool NY

    Sen. Nelson did what? What did he do? You verbally chastised them? Shook his finger and said shame on you?
    Now that would be blasting them huh?

    June 10, 2010 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  4. jp,michigan

    To bad the people we elected to the Hill did not have good regulatory and protective systems in place to take care of such a disaster! Blame all but don't look at yourselves.

    June 10, 2010 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  5. JK Ashburn, VA

    Senator Nelson, it may well be that Obama's teleprompter is in need of repair. That would explain the lack of communication from the federal government. Without that thing, not much happens.

    Or it could be that they're using the teleprompter to help shovel the sludge off the beaches. Maybe that's why his highness keeps showing up for photo ops on the beach - he's looking for his voice (i.e. the teleprompter).

    June 10, 2010 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  6. Slider

    Great. Another politician seeking to deflect blame by pushing it on someone else.

    I understand the behavior; after all, Congress has been delegating its responsibilities to every agency and institution it can find, so that the politicians can have it both ways.

    Hold them accountable in November. Change we can all believe in.

    June 10, 2010 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  7. Karl in Charleston,SC

    Command and control has not been demonstrated since the POTUS took office.

    June 10, 2010 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  8. PalmReader

    Good Lord. No wonder our Senators can never get anything done. Not sure what this bozo is grandstanding about, or to who, but if Ben Nelson needs the feds to TELL him that the oil has entered Perdido Bay, HE might not be the senator for Florida.

    When will these Congressionals grow a pair and actually EARN their salaries by using the brains they were born with, and STOP whining and pandering for the camera.

    I am sick to death of United States Senators and Representatives who need our government to hold their hands and walk them through every disaster, baby step by baby step.

    June 10, 2010 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  9. Jill American

    This was called Obama's "Katrina" form the very beginning. Not so – this is bigger. This is a National disaster and will affect the entire country. This is a world disaster.

    Obama needs to address the American people. He needs to give a speech like the one he did on race, like Reagan's "tear down this wall", like Kennedy's "ask not". He needs to challenge BP as well as the American people to take on this challenge.

    I am only in my fifties and know that I will never live long enough to see this one to the end. Sad, so sad.

    June 10, 2010 11:59 am at 11:59 am |
  10. Victim of GOP Taliban

    Too bad the other FL gulf senators have to be such sell-outs and barely mutter a single word. Glad to see at least Nelson isn't bought and paid for by Big Oil.

    June 10, 2010 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  11. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    Too bad our military is wasted in Bush wars in Iraq and Afghanistan... they could be helping with the clean up rather than dealing with Bush's phony wars....

    June 10, 2010 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  12. Beverly - NYC

    Shouldn't it be the governor's job to notify Federal officials Senator Dum-Dum, after all it will be his stae afftected. It was known for weeks, perhaphs FOX didn't report it that the spill could reach Florida and the Eastern seaboard if wind and currents pushed it.

    Do Republicans want big government or not? Can't have it both ways, you want government out of your day to day life, but you want them ready to act when something affects you personally?
    Last I checked there were no drive thru, fast solutions windows at the federal government to solve the problems of the nation of whiners . Make up those little minds and stick too it.

    June 10, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  13. Dano

    Um Senator Nelson, I hate to tell you this but I saw on the 6:00 news LAST Thursday that the oil slick was within 7 miles of Pensacola, then on Friday that tar balls had begun washing up on Pensacola beaches. As far as I can tell that would place it in Florida waters for about a week now. Besides any Florida official that isn't aware exactly where the slick is at any given moment is not doing their job very well.

    June 10, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  14. Moss

    The whole deal is a disaster. You think Obama would be meeting with Oil Industry experts daily until this gets plugged. With all his verbal skills Obama seems more like a spectator instead of a leader in this mess. For God sake he is the POTUS don't you think he could make it happen.

    June 10, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. thor

    And leadership isn't coming from the federal government !!!

    June 10, 2010 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  16. Rick McDaniel

    The Senator is displaying his naivety, in having to be told, the oil would enter FL. Of course it will.

    The public indignation is a waste of energy. Try doing something positive, like mounting a state response team to tackle the problem.

    June 10, 2010 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |