The U.S. Coast Guard announced on June 10th that BP has completed cleanup work in Alabama, Florida and Mississippi. This decision comes three years after the April 20, 2010, catastrophe. BP said that the announcement “is the result of the extraordinary progress made cleaning the Gulf of Mexico shoreline.” The Coast Guard said it was concluding “active cleanup operations” in the three Gulf coast states, but that the work continues along 84 miles of Louisiana’s shoreline. Capt. Duke Walker, Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon Response, had this to say:
This is another important step towards meeting our goal of returning the shoreline to as close to pre-spill conditions as possible while managing the scale of the response to meet conditions on the ground.
The Coast Guard says it will continue responding to reports of oil that washes up anywhere along the Gulf Coast. BP said in a statement that it will take responsibility for removing any oil that came from its blown-out Macondo well. Hopefully, there won’t be any “storms” in the Gulf that would send more oil and chemicals onto the shorelines of the coastal states. The cleanup by BP contractors ended on June 7th in Alabama, on June 1st in Florida and on May 1st in Mississippi, according to a BP spokesman. Sightings of oil can be reported to the National Response Center by calling 1-800-424-8802 or filing a report online with the Coast Guard.
Frankly, based on what we have learned during the BP litigation, I don’t trust the oil giant and neither should the U.S. government. But for now, it appears as to the clean-up of the beaches, we will have to hope that the Coast Guard will do the right thing.
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