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June 11th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Cleanup crew of 1,500 sets up shop in BP's tent city

(CNN) – BP is bracing for the long haul in the Gulf, pitching tents for cleanup teams left jobless and penniless by the disaster. And there's plenty to do. Miles of tarred coastline and oil-slicked wildlife and reserves have to be cleaned. Our Jim Acosta takes a closer look at the operation.

Filed under: Gulf Oil Spill
soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. Jerry

    Not trying to appear "Negative" but.. when you look at the tent city it serves two purposes. The first is it contains the workers, it keeps any substance that they may.. carry out that BP doesn't want anyone to know about, as well as sequesters them from the media. The second, is that it allows them to hire outside of the state so they can basically get away with whatever they choose(outsiders aren't going to be as compassionate about Louisiana's future)
    So as I see it, locals... wouldn't need to be kept in tents, they live there, work there and are out of work because of BP. So why waste time and money building something like this unless there's something that you're(BP) trying to hide.

    June 15, 2010 at 12:35 pm |

    I would hope that when Gov.Charlie Christ utilizes his minimum custody, non violent inmates to participate in the clean-up, that those inmates are given the same training, and protective measures that the civilian employee are given. also, BP, should provide a stipend for those inmates so that the inmates dont have to rely on the state of fla. to give them the standard $100.00 given upon release to all inmates. In fla, Inmates are contracted to work for the department of transportation, and other agencies. Daily, thousands of inmates from the state prison system work cleaning the highways, parks, beaches, community colleges. some are even contracted to private companies. send them to BP., However, make sure they are protected, and be sure to get them money to pay their fines, court cost, victims, and have something for their reintergration. It's in the best interest of the state to effectuate this agenda. Oh ya Charlie, do it with TRANSPARENCY

    June 14, 2010 at 6:47 am |

    Why is the clean up being done during the middle of the day? Isnt that the hottest part of the day? Is BP trying to punish these workers by making them work in that heat? Why dont they do clean up at night? Wouldnt it be much cooler? Or maybe early morning – late evening? A light plant wouldnt cost that much and the workers would be more focused on the job rather than being half-dead from the heat and not paying attention.

    June 12, 2010 at 9:15 am |

    Why do clean-up workers on the beaches have to wear a LIFE JACKET??? That is the retarded end of the safety movement. Aren't they hot enough?

    June 12, 2010 at 9:11 am |
  5. Heather

    Good to see the local RSC Equipment Rental facility providing the equipment for the Gulf clean up.

    June 11, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  6. larry hudson

    Im very intereseted in helping in the clean up of the gulf im a auto and diesel mechanic by trade but will do any thing to help

    June 11, 2010 at 9:16 am |