DuBos: BP can't be let off the hook

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 6:23 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 6:42 PM

As mentioned earlier in our newscast, this weekend is the third anniversary of the BP oil spill. And that’s the topic of this week’s Commentary by Eyewitness News Political Analyst Clancy DuBos.

Clancy DuBos / Eyewitness News Political Analyst

NEW ORLEANS -- As we approach the third anniversary of the BP oil disaster, it would be nice to say Louisiana has recovered — but that would be a lie.

Coastal communities have made progress, but much more remains to be done.

Thousands of businesses are still waiting to collect from BP. In recent weeks, BP has tried to renege on a settlement deal it agreed to. BP has pleaded guilty to criminal charges, but a lengthy civil trial continues at federal court. At stake are billions in fines.

Ultimately, businesses will collect. BP will pay billions more in penalties. The seafood industry is bouncing back, and hopefully it won’t suffer any more calamities.

But there’s another, less visible recovery — one that will take many years to complete. I’m talking about the environmental damage to Louisiana’s coast. Just because we don’t see oil on top of the water any more doesn’t mean it’s not still doing vast amounts of damage below the surface.

As we celebrate how far we’ve come since April 20, 2010, let’s not forget we still have a long way to go. And let’s never let BP off the hook — or let our guard down.

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