Coast Guard officer removed from oil spill response post |

Coast Guard officer removed from oil spill response post

WASHINGTON (AP) ” The Coast Guard officer overseeing the response to last week’s oil spill has been replaced.

Coast Guard Commandant Admiral Thad Allen announced the move at a hearing on Capitol Hill.

Captain William Uberti, the Coast Guard commander for the bay region, had been overseeing the agency’s response to the spill. He’ll be replaced by Captain Paul Gugg.

The agency has been criticized for a lapse of several hours between when officials knew the spill was 58,000 gallons ” not 140 gallons as initially reported ” and when that information was made public.

Allen also says the Coast Guard will review its own response, a process that will include the city of San Francisco, the state of California and others.

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