Coast Guard Says Gulf Cleanup Efforts Are Far From OverSource: Fuel Fix | 21 April 2014
The Coast Guard is crying foul at BP’s statement this week that active cleanup efforts to remove oil along the Gulf Coast shorelines have ended.
While BP claims it has reached a “milestone” in the cleanup process, the Coast Guard says it’s “far from over.”
The semantic squabble began late 15 April after the Coast Guard changed the way it is handling 3 miles of Louisiana coastline where oil consistently turns up.
The Coast Guard opened case files with the National Response Center (NRC) to address reports of oil in those regions, moving the case from the specifically tasked Gulf Incident Management Team that has overseen the cleanup, said Petty Officer First Class Michael Anderson, a spokesman for the management team.
“From the Coast Guard’s point of view, we’re still doing active cleanup operations,” Anderson said. “We’ve had about 1,000 NRC reports across the Gulf Coast in the last 6 months, and those triggered cleanup efforts.”
The Coast Guard said it is beginning routine inspections 17 April and expects continue to clean up the shores, and that moving the cases to the National Response Center is standard procedure in spill cases.