State and local officials along Louisiana’s coastline continue to struggle with the after-effects of the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster.
And that’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst and Gambit columnist Clancy DuBos.
Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst
Hurricane Isaac pushed a lot more than high water into coastal Louisiana. It also dredged up more than half a million pounds of oily material from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster.
To put that figure in perspective, that’s more BP detritus than cleanup crews had picked up since Jan. 1 — and it underscores the now-undeniable fact that the BP debacle is far from over, even if it’s no longer a daily national story in the media.
The oily muck that now soils hundreds of miles of Louisiana’s coast should remind the Coast Guard that it has a lot more work to do. The Coast Guard is supposed to oversee cleanup efforts, by holding BP’s feet to the fire.
Unfortunately, the perception along the coast is that the Coast Guard has done a better job of protecting BP’s interests than those of coastal residents.
Almost 5 million barrels of oil spilled into the Gulf during blowout. More than 20 percent of that oil — about a million barrels — remain unaccounted for.
Isaac has exposed an ugly truth: BP and the Coast Guard need to drop the P.R. and get back to the serious, long-term task of cleaning up Louisiana’s coast. That oil is not just messy. It’s a real and lasting danger to people’s health and livelihoods.
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