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BP's COO tours Pascagoula Beach


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PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - For the first time, BP's Chief Operating officer toured Pascagoula's Beach Thursday to get at look at the oil washing ashore. Now 73 days into this Coastal Crisis, Doug Suttles said BP is still working on possible solutions to stop oil from gushing into the Gulf of Mexico.  

As soon as Suttles got to Pascagoula's Beach Thursday, he greeted cleanup workers and immediately began looking for traces of oil. For almost a week, oil has been washing up on the beach here. And 200 workers have been picking up thousands of pounds of oily residue. 

"If there was some way I could undo this spill, I would. But I can't do that," Suttles said.  

While the cleanup crews are constantly cleaning South Mississippi's beaches, coastal islands and waterways, BP is still struggling to find a working system to plug the 73 day oil spill.  Suttles said the heavy rain and winds are hampering plans.

"We are ready to hook up the next piece of equipment that will take us to the capacity to capture up to 50,000 barrels a day. It will probably be a week from now because of the weather." 

Even after the oil has stopped, Suttles said it could take two to three months before tar balls stop showing up on the coast. 

"If we could move faster, I guarantee we will. It is not for lack of trying and it is not for lack of resources." 

Suttles said BP is also working with several agencies monitor the gulf seafood in South Mississippi. 

"We have setup the Gulf Coast Research Mission. We have allocated $500 million over ten years to study the long term impacts of this event," Suttles said. 

Before ending his short visit, BP's front man promised to use more manpower and money to straighten out this mess out in South Mississippi. 

"I want to leave this community in the condition and the place it was before this all happened, and we are doing what we can to do that." 

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