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New BP CEO wants to scaleback clean up effort, thoughts?

BILOXI, Miss. – BP's incoming CEO said Friday that it's time for a "scaleback" of the massive effort to clean up the Gulf of Mexico oil spill, but he added that the commitment to make things right is the same as ever.

Tens of thousands of people — many of them idled fishermen — have been involved in the cleanup, but more than two weeks after the leak was stopped there is relatively little oil on the surface, leaving less work for oil skimmers to do.

Bob Dudley, who heads BP's oil spill recovery and will take over as CEO in October, said it's "not too soon for a scaleback" in the cleanup, and in areas where there is no oil, "you probably don't need to see people in hazmat suits on the beach."

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Asked by sweet-a-kins at 12:42 PM on Jul. 30, 2010 in Politics & Current Events

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  • I think they need to pour some of those resources into continuous testing of the deep water, and cleaning up the marshlands that were so severely impacted.

    We recently stayed at a beach house on the gulf. There were no oil/tar balls within 100 miles. Every day a helicopter flew down the beach. Three times during the week they had 20 people walking the beach. My husband had to pay double the normal price to scuba dive because many of the captains/ship owners were being paid by BP to be "on alert" in case something happened. It seems like an incredible waste of money. Several of the locals commented that just about every fisherman/boat captain in the area was on BP's payroll.

    Answer by Scuba at 12:56 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • Many of those people are not doing anything so I too would be looking into scaling back manpower. He doesn't want to clean up less he wants to clean it more efficiently. They have said the oil on the seas is just not there to the extent they need hundreds of boats out there. We have a radio personality who is going to the Louisiana coast to check on a unsubstantiated tip about some major hotels along the gulf actually canceling rooms so as to look like people are canceling. If they are losing business they can get money from BP for their losses. You may feel BP is at fault and needs to be punished but there is a lot going on that you just don't know about. The point is, it's a good idea to streamline things and get control of the recovery.

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 1:04 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

  • My nephew is in the Coast Guard, and has been stationed in Florida for the past month. His assignment was to OVERSEE the clean up effort. He has YET to oversee or do anything...but he's continuing to get paid--and he's not the only one!!

    Answer by LoriKeet at 1:44 PM on Jul. 30, 2010

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