Tar Balls Cannot Be the ‘New Normal’
"We cannot just accept oiled material on our beaches and in our marshes as the ‘new normal.’"
BP announced today that the U.S. Coast Guard is ending active cleanup operations in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida and that the three states are expected to complete the transition back to the National Response Center (NRC) reporting system by mid-June 2013.
David White, director of the National Wildlife Federation’s Gulf of Mexico Restoration Campaign, said in response:
“As much as one million barrels of oil from the disaster remains unaccounted for, and tar mats and tar balls from the spill continue to wash up on the coast. Regardless of how our shorelines are monitored, BP must be held accountable for the cleanup. We cannot just accept oiled material on our beaches and in our marshes as the ‘new normal.’ In particular, we need be sure that there is a rapid and proactive assessment and cleanup of our shorelines in the aftermath of storms.”