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Jackson Co. residents worry about oil spill's impact


By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Worries continue to grow in Jackson County about the oil spill's potential impact. Supervisor John McKay said residents are constantly calling with fears of oil damaging their bayous, yards and homes.

Janice and Tim Gray's home overlooks Simmons Bayou in Jackson County. They love catching crabs and enjoying nature. The husband and wife know if the oil spill makes its way here, a lot problems could follow. 

"It can get in your yard and contaminate our ground. We have animals and I am worried about that," Janice Gray said.

The couple also worries about crude invading the marsh and causing irreversible damage. 

"The marsh is the beginning of your ecosystem. That is where most of your marine life starts," Tim Gray said. 

The Grays have called BP's hotline to request protective equipment and to volunteer. 

"We are not getting any return information, and we are getting concerned because the oil is getting closer and closer," Gray said. 

Supervisor McKay represents the southern part of the county, and he agrees efforts need to be stepped up to protect coastal waters. 

"I hear an awful lot of complaints that not enough boom material is being placed out, being placed in the wrong places," McKay said. 

McKay said there are eight main bayous in the district, but only one is protected with a boom. 

"We don't want them to forget about Mississippi." 

McKay said county leaders have been meeting with BP on funds, manpower, and equipment to better protect backyards and bayous potentially impacted by the oil disaster.

McKay is hosting a town hall meeting Thursday, May 6, at the Elk's Lodge in Gulf Park Estates. It begins at 6:30pm. BP representatives and county emergency managers will be there to answer residents' questions. 

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