Published: Feb 28, 2011 10:03 PM EST
Updated: Feb 28, 2011 7:03 PM EST

NEW ORLEANS- The vice chairman of a task force set up by President Obama to restore the Gulf Coast criticized BP PLC. for what he described as an increasing reluctance to repair damage done by last year's massive oil spill.

Garret Graves, the vice chairman of the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force and a Louisiana coastal official, said on Monday that BP has become harder to work with.

BP did not immediately comment.

Graves made his comments during a break of a task force meeting in New Orleans. The panel, made up of Gulf Coast and federal officials, is developing a plan to fix the Gulf Coast. The plan is expected to be done by October.

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