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Nungesser: Fight continues with BP, Coast Guard

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Posted: Oct 11, 2010 5:33 PM
Updated: Oct 11, 2010 5:46 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Plaquemines, parish, president, Billy, Nungesser, BP, oil, spill, Gulf, Coast, Guard, Press, Club, Baton Rouge

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said local officials continue to regularly fight with U.S. Coast Guard officials and BP representatives about the response to the Gulf oil spill.

Nungesser said oil continues to appear in the marshland and on the shores of his parish. However, Nungesser said Monday he's concerned federal officials and oil giant BP PLC are trying to ratchet down the response efforts and equipment available for oil cleanup.

"We continue to fight more with the Coast Guard and BP than we do with the oil," said Nungesser to the Press Club of Baton Rouge.

Asked whether the federal government is better prepared to respond to an oil spill, Nungesser said he doesn't think so. He said there's still not enough sense of urgency or a clear chain of command.

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