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JP leaders battle BP, Coast Guard over removal of barges

posted Nov 11, 2010, 1:29 PM by Cesar Harada
posted Aug 5, 2010 9:06 PM by Cesar Harada
Via Earl Scioneaux 3

by Bigad Shaban / Eyewitness News

Posted on August 5, 2010 at 10:20 PM

GRAND ISLE, La. - Within the war against the oil, you'll find a battle of the minds. On shore, parish leaders, BP, and the U.S. Coast Guard still disagree on how to manage the response. In Jefferson Parish, millions of dollars of resources now stand to be lost.

Massive black barges often used to transport material across the waters, are now being utilized to block oil from flowing through it at Barataria Bay.
"We have five unprotected passes and the barges stopped the oil where we could suck it up," said Jefferson Parish Councilman John Young. "The barges acted as a barrier."
Young says the coastal area has benefited from that protection for nearly two months, but says BP and the U.S. Coast Guard now want most, if not all of the 60 or so barges, removed.
"It was mainly BP at that point, but basically they're saying look things are over," said Young. "We're saying, no, it's not over and it's going to be a long term process."