What makes this finding so extraordinary is that it came from a citizens' initiative -TESTING THE WATERS – which was formed by Gulf Coast residents who simply want to know if their beaches are oil free, the water is clean enough to swim in, and the seafood is safe to eat.
Isn't this what government is supposed to do? Test the water! They test it for everything else, and yet getting regular testing like this done seems to take an act of GOD.
Does BP have such a lock on the entire governmental system responsible for such testing, interpreting and reporting needed results like these that we still do not hear from EPA, FL DEP, NOAA, Coast Guard, etc.
So, here we have individual citizens putting up their own private money to fund essential testing from a public health and safety standpoint. Isn't this what are tax dollars are for? If so, what are they doing with the tax revenue besides promoting the BP marketing campaign. You know, the one that lulls you to sleep with the cyborg mouthing the words:
The seafood is safe to eat … don't worry.
The water is safe to swim in … be happy.
The beaches are oil-free … come and relax.
Perhaps it's time we all held those government authorities and departments accountable for at least doing their bare minimum jobs. Obviously, they have chosen to not hold BP responsible for anything. (See today's headline below at Yahoo! News – 11/08/10)