BP Announces End Of “Active” Cleaning

BP Announces End Of “Active” Cleaning

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ORANGE BEACH, Alabama -

When our news team walked every mile of Alabama's coast last month, we didn't find many tarballs. 

Most were around the National Wildlife Refuge.  We also caught up with some BP contractors -- cleaning up an oil mat that washed ashore at a popular resort.  Seeing contractors merely patrolling the beach will be a thing of the past.  Now if you see tarballs people should contact the National Response Center.  They'll send the Coast Guard to investigate and then BP would clean it up if its determined that stuff comes from Deepwater Horizon.  Former reporter Ben Raines covered the oil disaster for the Press Register for the last three years.

"We've got so many people who walk the beach, all the citizens of Alabama, if they call the National Response Center BP's going to have to come pick it up," says Raines.  During my walk in the wildlife refuge I found a tarball every ten paces--but if you weren't looking for oil you probably wouldn't see it.

Orange Beach mayor and frequent BP critic Tony Kennon he's not worried about this transition but they haven't faced a real oil test yet.

"If we see a storm issue that creates a significant landfall of tarballs then we'll see how they respond," says Kennon.

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