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BP sets up staging area in Pascagoula

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) -

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - British Petroleum has set up a temporary staging area in Pascagoula. Last week, the city council passed a resolution allowing contractors working with the oil cleanup to temporarily locate within the city's industrial zones without going through the usual permitting process.

"BP has set-up a staging area for booms, equipment, and their headquarters from a site located off Petit Bois Street in east Pascagoula," said Steve Mitchell, Operations Manager for the City of Pascagoula. "The Council's resolution has given us another way to support the clean-up efforts and we're glad BP has taken advantage of this opportunity."

In addition to this location, BP opened an office at 710 Delmas Avenue in Downtown Pascagoula earlier this week where citizens can go to discuss possible damage claims and training opportunities.

"Information is being provided as folks come in," said Andrew Vanchau, BP Spokesperson. "Most of the questions have been about training opportunities including our vessel of opportunity classes."

The resolution allowing oil spill contractors to bypass the regular permitting process was passed by the Council during a special meeting held Friday, April 30, in which a State of Emergency was also enacted. A similar action was taken after Hurricane Katrina that also allowed temporary emergency permitting for a limited period of time.

Pascagoula's beach and all piers remain open for normal use at this time.

Hotline phone numbers for volunteer or service opportunities

  • Request volunteer information: 1-866-448-5816
  • Submit your vessel as a vessel of opportunity 1-281-366-5511
  • Submit alternative response technology, services or products 1-281-366-5511
  • HAZWOPER Training: Ron Williams 228-762-0670 or 228-990-4564

Hotline phone numbers to report possible damages due to the oil spill

  • Animals covered in oil: 1-866-557-1404 (leave message)
  • Submit a claim for damages: 1-800-440-0858
  • Oil on shore line: 1-866-448-5816

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