Maine oil spill responders would like Gulf role

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PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — Experts from the state of Maine skilled in cleaning up oil spills say they’d like to help clean up the oil fouling the Gulf of Mexico.

But Barbara Parker of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection says no one can go until they’re invited.

The state of Maine has more than two miles of absorbent boom ready to go, oil skimming barges and a team of trained responders.

Parker says the state offered help last month shortly after an offshore oil rig exploded off Louisiana pumping oil into the ocean, but can’t go until invited by the governor of one of the affected states.

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She tells the Portland Press Herald they’re stunned they haven’t been asked.

But some private contractors from Maine are working in the gulf.

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Information from: Portland Press Herald, http://www.pressherald.com

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