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White House Official: Preserving Gulf Coast a Massive Job

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
A White House appointee says preserving the ecosystem of the Gulf Coast -- damaged by the BP oil spill and decades of erosion -- will be a massive undertaking, the "grandaddy" of restoration projects.

FILE - In a June 23, 2010 file photo, crews work to clean up oil from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill washed ashore at Pensacola Beach in Pensacola Fla. In a reversal, the Obama administration says it will not pursue offshore drilling in East Coast waters, including the eastern Gulf of Mexico. A senior administration official told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Dec. 1,, 2010 that because of the BP oil spill, the Interior Department will not propose any new oil drilling in the East Coast for at least the next seven years. (AP Photo/ Michael Spooneybarger, File)

New Orleans, LA (AP) - A White House appointee says preserving the
ecosystem of the Gulf Coast -- damaged by the BP oil spill and
decades of erosion -- will be a massive undertaking, the
"grandaddy" of restoration projects.

John Hankinson was in New Orleans on Thursday addressing a
meeting of the Louisiana Governor's Advisory Commission on Coastal
Protection, Restoration and Conservation.

In October, Hankinson was appointed the executive director of
the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force, a group that will
recommend how to use potentially billions of dollars in fines BP
faces paying.

The White House plans to use fines BP pays on restoration
projects along the Gulf Coast.

Louisiana's coast was hit the hardests by the oil spill and
faces massive problems.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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