An independent contractor hired by British Petroleum to clean up the oil spill, denied today that extra people were sent to the Louisiana coast to prepare for President Barack Obama's visit Friday. 

Although Donald Nulty of Environmental Safety and Health denied accusations that extra workers were hired to be on hand for Obama's arrival, he did say Saturday that his company decided to send 400 workers to to Grand Isle, Louisiana several days before they knew about the visit. 

"Absolutely, without a doubt, no. I had no idea about the president," Nalty told CNN today. "Whether it's the president or whatever dignitary is coming into the area, it makes no difference to us. We're there to clean up Grand Isle."

Councilman Chris Roberts of Jefferson Parish, said BP brought in additional workers to Grand Isle then sent them away after the president left town. 

Cross-posted from E2-Wire.