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Nungesser on BP trial: A long trial won't benefit anybody

Nungesser on BP trial: A long trial won't benefit anybody

POSTED: Monday, February 27, 2012 - 2:45pm

UPDATED: Wednesday, October 24, 2012 - 9:16am

 Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser served as one of the biggest advocates for the Gulf during the oil spill, and he continues to fight for the region now.

With 70 percent of the oil that washed ashore in Louisiana due to the Deepwater Horizon disaster hitting Plaquemines Parish, the parish became ground zero for the spill.

Nungsser has continued to advocate for accountability for the oil giant responsible for the disaster.

It’s been nearly two years since the BP oil spill devastate the Gulf Coast communities, poisoned wildlife and tainted Louisiana seafood.

Nungesser said the recovery work is still under way and that the oil remains evident in the marshland. Pictures taken on Sunday show Bay Jimmy polluted with oil.

“We see oil every week out there and the frustration is that there's no one out there cleaning it up,” he said. “Today we saw two pelicans dead, a dead turtle and a dead dolphin.”

Nungesser accuses BP of bailing out on its promises to clean up the mess.

“We're finding wildlife Plaquemines Parish -- no one is out there from BP. There's no one out there on a daily basis,” Nungesser said.

The incident is the worst oil spill in U.S. history and now BP is set to stand trial unless an agreement is reached outside of the courtroom.

Nungesser believes a settlement is in the best interest of the victims, saying that “a long trial doesn’t benefit anybody.”

Stuart Smith, one of the many attorneys on the case, said a partial settlement is possible.

“I think that they'll be a push to try to settle the case. If that's not possible, they will certainly try to settle some of it,” Smith said.

If BP agrees to pay up, Nungesser said he hopes the money reaches ravaged Gulf Coast communities like Plaquemines Parish.

“If we see a settlement and those funds are not dedicated to rebuilding the Gulf Coast, we'll never clean this oil up,” Nungesser said.

According to Nungesser, the parish recieved $1 million in recovery funds from BP. He said he was promised another million but never got it.

If a settlement is reached, Nungesser said he will push to get additional money for his parish.

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