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EEM Grad is Front and Center on Gulf Oil Spill


.2008 EEM graduate Lieutenant Commander Dan Somma is serving as the U.S. Coast Guard’s Shoreline Group Supervisor for Grand Isle, Louisiana in cleaning up British Petroleum’s historically large Gulf of Mexico oil spill. 

Dan is responsible for directing the oil spill cleanup activities on Grand Terre, Grand Isle, and Elmers Island, Louisiana.  His responsibilities include more than 1,100 responders on Grand Isle, including 64 Coast Guard personnel and 500 beach cleanup workers. 

Dan has been on CBS Evening News and the CNN Situation room program. News clips of Dan in action can be seen at the following links:

Dan’s work also has been highlighted by two visits from President Obama and three visits by the Louisiana Governor.