BP’s spill cleanup ends in three states

AFP-JIJI

Three years after the worst oil spill in U.S. history, BP said Monday it has wrapped up “active” cleanup operations in three states but continues to patrol a stretch of Louisiana.

BP has spent $14 billion and 70 million personnel hours scouring the Gulf Coast after an explosion on the Deepwater Horizon drilling rig killed 11 workers and unleashed millions of barrels of oil into the sea.

It took 87 days to cap the runaway well that blackened beaches in five states and crippled the region’s tourism and fishing industries.

BP, which had previously wrapped up its efforts in Texas, said Monday it also received permission from the U.S. Coast Guard to end active cleanup operations in Mississippi, Alabama and Florida.