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BP cleanup a 'cover-up,' Louisiana says, pointing to oil

Louisiana and federal officials got into a serious dustup on a media tour of marshes on Barataria Bay.

"This is the biggest cover-up in the history of America," Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser told reporters, gesturing with his gloved right hand, which was covered in oil. "It's like you're in bed with BP," he told the Coast Guard and NOAA officials.

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Oil covers dead marsh land near Bay Jimmy on Jan. 7 in Port Sulphur, Louisiana. "We continue to find oil in different parts of Plaquemines Parsh --Redfish Bay, Bay Jimmy, Pas a Loutre--Depending on the tides, wind and thunderstorms," said Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser.

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American white pelicans gather on a small island near Bay Jimmy on Jan. 7 in Port Sulphur, Louisiana.

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Oil is seen deposited along dead marsh land near Bay Jimmy on Jan. 7 in Port Sulphur, Louisiana.

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Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Media Advisor Olivia Watkins walks across oiled marsh land near Bay Jimmy on Jan. 7 in Port Sulphur, Louisiana. Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser said oil is still sometimes found in different parts of Plaquemines Parsh.