JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - Navy Secretary Ray Mabus teamed up with Governor Haley Barbour Wednesday morning in Jackson to say that the oil spill disaster won't be over when the Deepwater Horizon oil spill is finally capped.
"The scope of this thing is huge," Secretary Mabus said during a news conference.
Recovery efforts will start right away. That's different from the clean-up efforts we're watching along the coast this week. Oil is now washing ashore in Mississippi.
"The oil that's come up has been cleaned up, to BP's credit," Governor Barbour said. "The Federal Unified Command, we have more than 4,000 people cleaning it up. BP is supposed to pay for the cleanup. The city is not supposed to pay for the cleanup."
BP will also foot the bill for long and short-term recovery efforts.
Secretary Mabus was expected to attend Municipal League meetings on the coast and visit with coastal mayors Wednesday, to learn what they envision their needs will be when the spill is capped, and the last tar ball is swiped up.
Fortunately, some wetland and coastal recovery studies completed after Hurricane Katrina but never implemented can be put to use now. "Some of these projects have been authorized by Congress. They've never been funded. Some of those, you can look how quickly you can get them started," said Mabus.
Recovery could cost BP more than $1 billion in Mississippi alone.
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