BURAS, LA. — Obama administration officials promised Sunday to remain focused on the Gulf Coast — punishing BP for the worst oil spill in U.S. history, and cleaning up what remains of the mess.
But along that coast, such pledges have not stopped the rumors and suspicions that have multiplied as the oil’s sheen has faded.
Work was drying up, people heard. Claims seemed harder to win. The massive cleanup effort, which helped replace lost livings with BP paychecks, seemed certain to be dismantled soon.
People here also fretted about losing the country’s attention, long before anybody makes good on President Obama’s promise “to restore the unique beauty and bounty” of the long-troubled gulf.