Local Governments: We Want More Say in Oil Cleanup

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Seven parish presidents call for more influence in what happens next in the Gulf of Mexico oil spill. They say the Coast Guard and BP ignore local and state authorities.

A statement late Wednesday says state and local governments should be part of all decisions, planning and other work as cleanup and restoration continues.

They say that includes letting local governments help check all equipment, people and other resources in their areas before any is

They want Coast Guard backing if BP disagrees with them, where
scientific or other objective information allows it.

It was signed by the Plaquemines, St. Tammany, Lafourche, Terrebonne, Jefferson, St. Mary and St. Bernard parish presidents,
the Grand Isle and Lafitte mayors, and two Jefferson Parish councilmen.

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