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Thursday, June 10, 2010

Louisiana official: "I still don't know who's in charge"

Billy Nungesser, president of Louisiana's Plaquemines Parish, told a Senate subcommittee Thursday that it remains unclear who is in charge of the response to the Gulf of Mexico oil disaster.

"I still don't know who's in charge," he said. "Is it BP? Is it the Coast Guard? ... I have spent more time fighting the officials of BP and the Coast Guard than fighting the oil." What is needed, he said, is someone "with the guts and the will to make decisions."

Nungesser asserted that the line of booms now deployed to keep oil off the Louisiana coast "is not working. ... It's a joke."

Plaquemines Parish includes the mouth of the Mississippi River. (Source CNN)

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