ef­fort be­ing watched anx­iously

Austin American-Statesman - - WORLD & NATION -

Along the Gulf Coast, where the spill has heav­ily dam­aged the re­gion’s vi­tal tourism and fish­ing in­dus­tries, peo­ple anx­iously awaited the out­come of the painstak­ingly slow work.

“I don’t know what’s tak­ing them so long. I just hope they take care of it,” said Lanette Eder, a va­ca­tion­ing school nu­tri­tion­ist from Hoschton, Ga., who was walk­ing on the white sand at Pen­sacola Beach, Fla.

“I can’t say that I’m op­ti­mistic — It’s been, what, 84 days now? — but I’m hope­ful,” said Nancy LaNasa, 56, who runs a yoga cen­ter in Pen­sacola.

In Washington, White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said the ef­fort to put the con­tain­ment cap into op­er­a­tion “rep­re­sents the best news that we’ve had in the pre­ced­ing 85 days.”

“We are ap­proach­ing what we hope is the next phase in the Gulf — un­der­stand­ing that that next phase is likely to take many years,” he said of the lengthy cleanup.

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