Interior secretary: 'We will not rest'

Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, pulls a containment boom across Lagoon Lake in Gulf Shores, Ala. (May 5, 2010, WBRC photo)
Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, right, pulls a containment boom across Lagoon Lake in Gulf Shores, Ala. (May 5, 2010, WBRC photo)

By Dennis Washington

GULF SHORES, AL (WBRC) - Interior Secretary Ken Salazar said he and his federal agency will do whatever it takes to protect the Gulf Coast and repair any damage caused by the oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico.

"We will not rest until we get the job done."

Salazar toured parts of Gulf Shores Wednesday evening to see first-hand what was being done to protect wildlife refuges in the area.  He was taken by boat across the Little Lagoon in Gulf Shores where he and other employees of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service launched a containment boom.  He also inspected a sand berm that was being constructed at "Ivan Cut," an area near the Little Lagoon Pass where Hurricane Ivan cut a path from the salty Gulf of Mexico to the freshwater lagoon.

Salazar said he was very impressed with the efforts to protect what he called, "One of the crown jewels of this state, this coastal area."

"This is about a campaign to protect the gulf coast and restore the gulf coast so that your children and your grandchildren and those who will come behind you will be able to celebrate the same greatness of this planet," Salazar said. "At the end of the day, we will have a national awakening to the effect of the importance of restoration of the Gulf Coast as an entire region."

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