'Active Cleanup' of Gulf Spill Finally Finished

BP, Coast Guard move on
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 17, 2014 9:26 AM CDT
'Active Cleanup' of Gulf Spill Finally Finished
In this Friday, July 16, 2010, file photo, drilling rigs and workboats operate at the site of the Deepwater Horizon incident in the Gulf of Mexico.   (AP Photo/Dave Martin)

By now, the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster may seem like a distant memory, but the Coast Guard and BP ended their "active cleanup" of the spill just two days ago. That doesn't mean that the cleanup is over, just that instead of patrolling the affected coastline, ships will now be stationed and ready to respond to reports of oil, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports. Efforts in Alabama, Florida, and Mississippi made a similar transition last year, the New York Times notes.

"Our response posture has evolved," the federal response coordinator said. "But let me be absolutely clear: This response is not over—not by a long shot." BP will be reducing its presence, but says it will still be able "to respond quickly, at the Coast Guard's direction" if necessary. But Louisiana's coast still gets coated in oil on a daily basis, one state official complained, and hurricanes and other storms cause more to surface. "We're going to hold their feet to the fire," a local official, promised, referring to BP. BP's cleanup effort involved an on-the-ground review of more than 4,400 miles of shoreline; oil was present in 1,104 of those miles, and 778 needed "some measure of cleaning." (More Deepwater Horizon stories.)

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