Local governments: We want more say in oil cleanup
Seven parish presidents and other local officials say the Coast Guard and BP are ignoring local and state authorities - and they want that to change.
A statement by the leaders says state and local governments should be part of all decisions, planning and other work as cleanup and restoration continues.
They say that includes letting local governments help check all equipment, people and other resources in their areas before any is removed.
They want Coast Guard backing if BP disagrees with them, where scientific or other objective information allows it.
It was signed by the Plaquemines, St. Tammany, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Jefferson, St. Mary and St. Bernard parish presidents, the Grand Isle and Lafitte mayors, and two Jefferson Parish councilmen.
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