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The Associated Press October 12, 2010, 7:53AM ET

Nungesser: Fight continues with Coast Guard, BP

Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser says local officials continue to regularly fight with U.S. Coast Guard officials and BP representatives about the response to the Gulf oil spill.

Nungesser says oil continues to appear in the marshland and on the shores of his parish. But Nungesser said Monday he's concerned federal officials and oil giant BP PLC are trying to ratchet down the response efforts and equipment available for oil cleanup.

Nungesser told the Press Club of Baton Rouge, "We continue to fight more with the Coast Guard and BP than we do with the oil."

Asked whether the federal government is better prepared to respond to an oil spill, Nungesser says he doesn't think so. He says there's still not enough sense of urgency or a clear chain of command.

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