Plenty of Gulf volunteers, not enough work to do

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has brought out thousands of people who just want to help -- though there isn

Animal rehab specialists clean an oiled pelican from the Deepwater Horizon oil spill at a temporary triage facility at Fort Jackson in Buras, La., Thursday, June 3, 2010. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

NEW ORLEANS (AP) --
The Gulf of Mexico oil spill has brought out thousands of people who just want to help -- though there isn't much for them to do unless they own a Hazmat suit.

Directors of charities and BP PLC -- the company responsible for
cleaning up the seven-week-old spill -- say the outpouring has been
huge among people with vivid memories of Hurricane Katrina five
years ago.

However, cleaning oiled birds and tar-stained beaches isn't as
straightforward as clearing rubble. In many cases, it's been
difficult to find enough work for all the volunteers.

BP has said it will use only trained workers and professionals
to clean up the oil and wash oiled wildlife, adding to the
deepening frustration over the government and BP's response.


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