Posted: Sep 21, 2010 2:33 PM
BAY JIMMY, La. (AP) - Cleanup crews on fishing boats outfitted
with giant vacuum devices sucked up pools of oil from the blackened
edge of a small Louisiana barrier island Tuesday as the head of the
federal oil spill response looked on.
Coast Guard Rear Adm. Paul Zukunft toured coastal areas, seeking
to underscore that the response continues even though oil hasn't
leaked from the site of the BP well in the Gulf of Mexico since
July 15. The well was declared dead Sunday.
While oil has not been gushing into the Gulf for months, it's
still washing up in Louisiana and local officials continue to be
concerned about long-term cleanup efforts.
Zukunft said about 23,000 workers are still employed in the
effort, about 80 percent of them in Louisiana.