Coast Guard still cleaning up the Gulf
Published : Friday, 01 Apr 2011, 12:39 PM CDT
Rear Adm. Mary Landry addressed the group "Restore or Retreat" during its annual membership meeting on Thursday.
Landry served as Federal On Scene Coordinator of the spill from April 22 to June 1, a time when communities tried to predict the landfall of huge oil slicks and secure enough manpower, boom and boats to protect themselves.
"As hard as it was for you in this room, this as a national incident and we saw the evolution of crisis response," Landry said. "What we had to build to respond was incredible."
Landry said the Coast Guard still has about 2,000 people working on oil spill response in the Gulf.
She said Louisiana has about 3,223 feet of shoreline being surveyed by oil spill responders. Of that, about 91 percent is still in an "active" state of cleanup, Landry said, the most out of any Gulf state.
"We'll be here till it's finished," Landry said. "We know now that we need to see this through nesting season and hurricane season, when some of those offshore tar mats could be stirred up from the bottom."
"Restore or Retreat" promotes wetlands restoration projects in the Barataria-Terrebonne basin and members have taken on a new role after the oil spill, throwing themselves into the planning of coastal projects aimed at offsetting spill damage, Executive Director Simone Maloz said.
Information from: Daily Comet, http://www.dailycomet.com