Three years after the BP oil spill, the US Coast Guard says only 95 miles of coastline remain to be cleaned. But critics say the full extent of the damage is not yet known, especially in Louisiana, where oil is deep in the coastal environment.
(Updated at 9 a.m. Aug. 16.)
With about 100 miles of coastline remaining to clean up following the Gulf of Mexico oil spill three years ago, the states most impacted by the disaster say it is too soon to stop, because the environmental damage is ongoing.
“The response should end when conditions on the ground dictate such actions. We’re not anywhere close right now,” says Garret Graves, chair of the Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority of Louisiana (CPRA), a state agency leading hurricane protection and ecosystem restoration.
When the Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April 2010, killing 11 people and releasing 205 million gallons of crude into the ocean for 111 days, it started a long and complicated process to determine who is responsible, and how much – and for how long – they would dedicate to the cleanup process, which most agree will never be fully complete.
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