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State Leaders Disagree with BP’s View that 98 Percent of Coastal Clean-up is Done

By Rhonda Miller | Published 17 Apr 2012 08:46pm | comments
In Gulfport, Mississipppi Gov. Phil Bryant announced two early restoration projects to help the state recover from the oil spill. The Governor disagreed with BP's announcement that the clean-up of the Mississippi coastline is 98 percent complete.

On Friday, it will be two years since the BP oil spill. MPB's Rhonda Miller reports there’s disagreement about has far along Mississippi has come in the recovery.

"We estimate we’re about 98 percent complete to date."

That’s Mike Utsler, president of BP’s Gulf Coast Restoration Organization. But Trudy Fisher, director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, doesn’t agree the clean-up of the state coastline is 98 percent done.

"Well, that is a spin. That is not accurate. That is not based on documentation that comes out of the incident command center. You know if you look at 98 percent of what? Not all of our shoreline was impacted."

They agree there’s more clean-up of the Mississippi Gulf Coast to be done. Utsler says BP will stay until the Coast Guard and other agencies agree the job is complete.

"We’re not seeing large volumes of oil. We’re seeing very small numbers of tar balls."

BP says most of the work still to be done is on the barrier islands. Dan Brown, superintendent of Gulf Islands National Seashore, is well aware of that.

"You will find tar balls of all sizes, everything from small little pea-size flecks of oil product, tar balls.  When I was out there just a couple of weeks ago, we were finding tar patties that were six, eight inches across. So it’s still out there, it’s still becoming uncovered as the wind blows."

Governor Phil Bryant says the state will continue to press BP to do whatever it takes for the complete restoration of the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

"I just think BP’s doing a really good job of spinning this, and telling everybody that it’s beautiful and it’s clean and I’m just not buying it."

BP says it expects to have the clean-up in Mississippi mostly complete by the end of 2012 or early 2013.

 

 

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In Gulfport, Mississipppi Gov. Phil Bryant announced two early restoration projects to help the state recover from the oil spill. The Governor disagreed with BP's announcement that the clean-up of the Mississippi coastline is 98 percent complete.


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