Government workers now responding to the BP (NYSE:BP) Gulf oil spill have been cut almost in half, dropping from 48,000 right before the temporary cap sealed the well on July 15, now standing at close to 25,000.
With the command center in New Orleans the long-term station to oversee the operations, former centers in Mobile, Alambama and Houma, Louisiana have been shut down, with workers to be consolidated in the Big Easy.
Replacing government point man Thad Allen at the command center will be Coast Guard Rear Admiral Paul Zukunft.
Approximately 600 miles of coastline in the region are allegedly still affected by the oil spill, said Zukunft.
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