Whos In Charge Of Ongoing Gulf Cleanup

09.27.10 | FL News Team

(Washington, DC)  --  Who's in charge?  That's what a Louisiana parish president asked a hearing of the independent panel investigating the BP Gulf oil disaster.  Billy Nungesser testified about ongoing problems getting oil out of valuable and fragile marshlands.  Nungesser is president of the Plaquemines Parish.  Nungesser said he still can't say who's in charge of coastal marshland cleanup.  Nungesser praised the Coast Guard but called the overall spill response a, quote, "disaster in the way it was handled from day one."

The Deepwater Horizon oil rig exploded in April, sending an unprecedented amount of oil gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.  The gusher was finally sealed only recently.  The oil spill commission that President Obama established opened two days of hearings in Washington, DC.  One area the commission will be investigating involves the use of controversial chemical dispersants in the Gulf.