Clean thoughts

You can forgive the region’s officials if they continue to scream loud and long about the need to throw all available resources at cleaning up the millions of gallons of oil that have streamed out of the sunken Deepwater Horizon well. They’re rightly concerned about what effect the oil will have upon marine life and habitat, and how long any damage will last.

They’re also rightly nervous that once the well is capped, resources and personnel being dedicated to cleanup will start to vanish. Here’s one reason for concern.

Before the static kill was even completed, BP officials were already making noises last week about scaling back the cleanup effort. http://www.nola.com/news/gulf-oil-spill/index.ssf/2010/07/time_for_scaleback_in_cleanup.html But don’t you worry, Gulf Coast residents, BP assures us all that they remain committed to making everything right as rain again.

So gulf officials are right to keep the heat on BP and Washington and raise hell to make sure that the cleanup is thorough and that damage to marine life and habitat is kept to a minimum. They haven’t forgotten the lack of federal response to Hurricane Katrina in 2005, and they don’t want the Deepwater Horizon disaster to become the new Katrina.

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