Oil remains offshore, on beaches and in Escambia County bays. However, BP and government officials won’t guess how long it will take to get it cleaned up.

“Time is a difficult thing to define. … We don’t know when it’s going to be,” said Michael LaTorre, a representative for BP’s local shoreline assessment teams.

BP and government officials had a public forum Thursday in Pensacola to discuss the ongoing fallout from the BP oil spill in Escambia County.

The forum, which was held in the Escambia County Commission chambers, included local BP representatives and officials from the Florida Department of Environmental Protection, the Department of Agriculture and the U.S. Coast Guard.

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