It was mainly a PR exercise anyway. Andrea Germanos writes at Common Dreams:
BP announced on Tuesday it was ending “active shoreline cleanup” from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon disaster, which killed 11 people, spewed millions of gallons of oil, contaminated beaches and ecosystems, and unleashed ongoing threats to marine life.
“Immediately following the Deepwater Horizon accident, BP committed to cleaning the shoreline and supporting the Gulf’s economic and environmental recovery. Completing active cleanup is further indication that we are keeping that commitment,” the oil giant said in a statement.
Yet the response from the U.S. Cocast Guard paints quite a different picture, indicating the response to the disaster is far from over.
Coast Guard Captain Thomas Sparks, the Federal On-Scene Commander for the Deepwater Horizon Response, issued a statement saying, “Our response posture has evolved to target re-oiling events on coastline segments that were previously cleaned.”
“But let me be absolutely clear: This response is not over — not by a long shot.