Report questions Louisiana fish safety testing after BP Gulf oil spill

FILE - In this Sunday, June 6, 2010 file photo, a small oil-covered fish floats on the water's surface at Bay Long off the coast of Louisiana following a deadly April 20, 2010 explosion at the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore platform. The office that processes claims for businesses and people who suffered economic losses from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it has approved payments totaling $8.5 billion as of June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
FILE - In this Sunday, June 6, 2010 file photo, a small oil-covered fish floats on the water's surface at Bay Long off the coast of Louisiana following a deadly April 20, 2010 explosion at the BP Deepwater Horizon offshore platform. The office that processes claims for businesses and people who suffered economic losses from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill says it has approved payments totaling $8.5 billion as of June 30, 2016. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Louisiana auditors say Gulf oil spill recovery money intended for testing to ensure Louisiana fish were safe for consumers instead paid for unnecessary iPads, cameras, boats and now-missing fishing equipment.

The Louisiana Legislative Auditor’s Office describes the safety program as so mismanaged by the Department of Wildlife and Fisheries that it couldn’t even declare if the catch was fit to eat.

Energy giant BP gave Louisiana millions for the program aimed at restoring confidence in the state’s seafood industry after the 2010 spill. A draft audit obtained by The Associated Press suggests part of the money was misspent, along with other widespread financial issues in the department.

The former secretary of the agency, Robert Barham, says the draft report contains “factual errors” and he’s drawing up a formal response.

 

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