On Nov. 8, the federal on-scene coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon/ BP oil catastrophe, Capt. Julia Hein, announced that the Shoreline Cleanup Completion Plan has been finalized following a meeting Oct. 28 with state on-scene coordinators from Florida, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana.
In a press release issued early last week, Restore the Gulf announced:
The Federal On-Scene coordinator directed development of the Shoreline Cleanup Completion Plan, which involved participation from and coordination with the affected Gulf Coast states, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Department of Interior and the responsible party, BP. The plan will help ensure that defined standards will be used to determine when cleanup actions in each affected area are complete.
“Our commitment to completing the final elements of the cleanup operations is addressed in this plan,” said Hein. “In all, more than 90 percent of shoreline impacted by the spill is now ready to transition from removal to restoration and has met the agreed upon standards.”
Cleanup will continue until all areas identified in the plan are designated as clean by the “standards agreed to by the federal on-scene coordinators and state-on-scene coordinators,” the press release states.
“We still have ongoing cleanup in sensitive wildlife nesting habitat and archeological sites,” said Hein. “However, there are significant portions of our coastline that are ready to move into the next phase, so that the Gulf Coast can start restoration projects critical to help heal the region.”
In 2011, BP has come under fire for airing commercials touting a clean gulf, while people in the region continue to suffer health problems, and dolphins and other marine life wash up on the shores of the Gulf.
Orange Beach, Ala. resident Lori Deangelis, a dolphin tour boat captain, cites that the rate of dolphin deaths is now ten times what it was prior to the oil spill. At the tar sands pipeline protest in DC, Deangelis held a sign stating that one dolphin is found dead per week; the norm is one per month.
She further alleges that the number of dolphins who could have possibly perished may be 50 for every one found dead.
Additional information on the Shoreline Cleanup Completion Plan can be found at www.restorethegulf.gov.
* – bold marks are that of the Examiner’s.