effort being watched anxiously
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.