Oil is creeping toward the Louisiana town of Lafitte, but Mayor Nutter, in a visit there Monday, said he noticed more hope and cooperation than despair and devastation.
“The images that
we see back at home are very, very different than what’s on
the ground,” Nutter said as he prepared to return to
Philadelphia. “All we see are pictures of the oil gushing out
of the ground and reports of conflict and confusion. At least where we
were, nothing could be further from the truth.”
Local, state and federal officials are working alongside representatives from the seafood and oil industries in the cleanup, Nutter said.
Nutter made the trip as part of a larger group organized by the U.S. Conference of Mayors to push officials in Washington, D.C., and at oil giant BP to communicate closely with mayors and other leaders in the Gulf about the crisis.