Despite the continued impact on the environment and wildlife, BP
– formerly British Petroleum – said in a statement on Tuesday that it
has ended its “active cleanup” of Louisiana’s coast. This follows last
year’s end of active cleanup in Florida, Alabama and Mississippi.
BP’s announcement also follows a directive issued by the US Coast
Guard transitioning the active cleanup phase to a new response phase in
which crews and equipment will be pre-positioned for future response to
cleanup if new reports of oil surface.
“Our response posture has evolved to target re-oiling events on
coastline segments that were previously cleaned,” said Coast Guard Capt.
Thomas Sparks, who serves as federal on-scene coordinator for the BP
response to the spill. “But let me be absolutely clear: