“Six months later we’re fighting harder with BP than with the oil”Nov 1st, 2010 | By Terri Sercovich | Category: top story
Six months after the tragic Deepwater Horizon explosion and the resulting oil spill, cleanup crews spend long days in the marshes and along the beaches of Plaquemines Parish, meticulously removing oil from the environment.
Though the Inland Waterways Strike Force was only able to work five of the last eight days, the team recovered 18,272 gallons of oil/water mix from Bay Jimmy—including 6,300 gallons on Oct. 19 alone—and 7,679 bags of tar balls from the beaches at Southwest Pass, Southeast Pass and Pass Chaland.
“Today is the six-month anniversary and we’re fighting as BP tries to back out and cut loose local fishermen while hiring outside vessels because they don’t want oil reported,” said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser, who just returned home from the the Clean Gulf Conference in Tampa. “They continue to down play the situation as we continue to pick up oil. Six months later we still can’t say who’s in charge and we’re still fighting harder with BP than the oil. And our crews are out there busting their butts.”
These figures are from Oct. 12 to Oct. 19 with operations on stand down for a significant amount of that time period due to weather conditions, required safety checks, and personnel processing.