BP officials visit affected marshes

GRAND ISLE, LA (WAFB) - After dozens of trips to the site of the Deepwater Horizon explosion, BP officials went into the marshes for the first time Monday.

BP's managing director, Bob Dudley, grew up in Mississippi and got his first look at the damage caused by the oil leak.

"I'm frustrated and saddened at the impact of the spill, both on the wildlife and the impact on the people and their livelihoods here in the water," said Dudley.

Gov. Bobby Jindal accompanied the group in the marshes.

"You can read about it, you can see the maps, you can see the pictures, see the projections," said Jindal. "But you have to smell it, you have to touch it, you have to see it for yourself to understand why we're so passionate about protecting our way of life."

Dudley added BP was transferring $60 million to pay for dredging and will continue to pay until it is all cleaned up.

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