Sink: ‘Time’s a’wasting.’ Says ‘confusion’ gumming up coastal protection effortsby Dara Kam | May 3rd, 2010
Chief Financial Officer Alex Sink had some harsh words for the Mobile Unified Command unit charged with coordinating response to the mammoth oil spill spreading through the Gulf of Mexico.
“I’m not personally satisfied with the way the communication is occurring. There seem to be breakdowns between the EOCs and the Mobile Unified Command,” Sink, the presumptive Democratic candidate for governor, told reporters early Monday evening. “There’s still a lot of confusion.”
Sink visited the Mobile, Ala., center and toured the spill about 20 miles off the Louisiana coast this afternoon.
“I must say that what I saw out there was alarming…This certainly is the largest risk to Florida’s economy in our state’s history,” Sink said.
Sink said she wants BP officials to immediately set up a cash fund for local governments, business owners and Floridians affected by the spill to access to help offset their costs.
BP is responsible for picking up the tab for clean-up of the spill but federal law caps the oil giant’s liability at $75 million.
“From my business experience, it sounds like too many steps in the process and too much bureaucracy,” she said.
“This is a multi-state problem. The federal government has to be very aggressive and attentive and right on top of BP to assure that we aren’t just having days and days of delays…Times a’wasitng. This kind of decision-making has got to be expedited and I do plan to talk to the federal administration about ensuring that BP is not dragging their heels,” Sink said.