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Panel says new oil spill fight just beginning

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Posted: Jul 28, 2010 5:34 PM by Mike Steele
Updated: Jul 28, 2010 6:43 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Billy Nungesser, Plaquemines Parish, oil, coast, early, Garret Graves, panel, spill, BP, Coast Guard, criticism

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser used a meeting at the Capitol to fire his latest rounds against BP and the Coast Guard.

Nungesser says the oil giant attempted to use the threat of last week's tropical weather in an attempt to leave the coast early. Nungesser and other members of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana say the state will now have to focus on fighting the oil spill and the company responsible.

Panel chairman Garret Graves says estimates show about two million gallons of oil remain in the Gulf. He says studies and eyewitness accounts prove much of the oil remains below the surface. Graves says he's glad to see progress on the water in recent days, but it's too early for celebrating.

BP has routinely stated it intends to do everything necessary to clean up the coast. Coast Guard officials say the spill is the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history. They claim much of the criticism is out of frustration.

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