By Elaine Donnelly
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The BP oil-spill cleanup effort in the Gulf of Mexico came with a heavily advertised pledge to do what was necessary to alleviate the disaster, but contractors, subcontractors and local officials in the Louisiana parishes most affected say the company owes hundreds of millions of dollars for work already completed and has not paid some invoices in more than three months.
Mr. Dysart explained that BP contracted with various spill-removal organizations, which then hired boat captains, fishermen and shrimpers to do much of the cleanup.
While the Coast Guard is tasked with overseeing the adequacy of BP's cleanup and ordering additional measures if necessary, Mr. Dysart said the agency has no authority over who gets contracts or the process by which payments are made.