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    Gulf of Mexico oil spill cleanup draws fresh criticism

    Published: Wednesday, July 18, 2012, 10:45 PM
    By Mark Schleifstein, The Times-Picayune

    With oil from the 2010 BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico continuing to show up on beaches and in wetlands along Louisiana's coast, the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority on Wednesday passed a resolution criticizing the Coast Guard for prematurely allowing BP to pull cleanup teams from coastal areas it declares clean. The authority passed a second resolution requesting the governor's office and the state attorney general's office to brief its members on whether any of the state's criminal statutes can be applied to BP.

    "We've pretty much reached an impasse with the Coast Guard," said Drue Banta, a governor's office attorney handling legal issues involving the spill for the authority. "They continue to tell us 'no' in different ways."

    Calls to Coast Guard Capt. Samuel Walker, the incident commander for the spill, were not returned.

    The resolution requests the Coast Guard to:

    ?Return coastal segments for which the state has documented oiling concerns to active response, meaning BP contractors would continue to be responsible for cleaning any oil.
    ?Consult with the state and affected parishes involving coastal segments the Coast Guard wants to drop out of the active response program, and address their concerns before making a decision.
    ?Develop a long-term oil patrol and removal program for the entire coast.

    State and parish officials have complained for more than a year that BP, with the Coast Guard's assent, has slowed or stopped its efforts to identify and clean oil-contaminated parts of the Louisiana coastline.

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