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Updated: Friday, January 07, 2011, 11:44 PM

By Paul Rioux, The Times-Picayune

Standing on a makeshift plywood boardwalk placed atop an oil-choked mat of dead marsh grass in Bay Jimmy, Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser blasted the pace of cleanup efforts, saying the wetlands look worse than when BP’s gushing well was capped nearly six months ago.

The land is washing away as we speak,” Nungesser said Friday, his white shrimp boots smeared with oil. “With so little being done to clean this up, we’re never going to win this battle.”

Coast Guard Commander Dan Lauer said tests are under way to determine the best cleanup method as the focus shifts from emergency response to long-term recovery from the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Read the full story