Having just returned from a short vacation in Seacrest, just two hours east of Pensacola, Fla., I observed firsthand how wasteful the oil-spill cleanup effort has become.
Someone, I assume the county or state, has set up tents every quarter-mile as far as the eye can see. Every third tent has 10 workers assigned, decked out in hazmat clothing. They arrive at 8:30 a.m. A new John Deere tractor with a flatbed trailer equipped with seats pulls them from their tent to the one next door. They leave one tent (under the shade of the hot sun) and go to the next tent. They stay there about 45 minutes, then get transported back to the original tent to seek shade.
At 4:30 p.m. they leave their shade and walk down the beach looking in the surf for tar balls for about 50 yards. They then mount up and leave for the day. Included in their ensemble is a four-wheeler pulling a portable toilet. Also, there is a "scout" on a four-wheeler, who I presume looks for new tar balls.
This was their daily routine for the three days we were there. Multiply this scene for miles and miles, and you see how BP is racking up billions in expenses. This organized waste had to be a government job billed to BP. No business would operate in this manner.