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August 5th, 2010
07:00 AM ET

Some Louisiana residents skeptical of Gulf optimism

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="CNN's Jim Acosta speaks with Craig Taffaro, president of St. Bernard Parish."]

(CNN) – BP is preparing today for the final step in the "static kill." After 108 days, the oil giant's blown-out well could soon be shut for good.

The government is giving BP the green light to cement over the well after the heavy drilling mud they pumped in Tuesday forced the oil back into the earth. The government is also telling BP to move forward with the relief wells they're drilling. That process should be complete within the next two weeks.

Despite the positive news, administration officials insist they're not standing down, telling CNN they're just beginning phase one of their long-term restoration plan.

For parish presidents along the Gulf Coast, it's becoming a question of who to trust – the government officials who say the oil is vanishing out in the Gulf, or the people in their own communities who say the oil is still coming ashore. Our Jim Acosta reports on their skepticism. Watch Video

Related: BP to pour cement into well in next phase of 'static kill'

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