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Nearby cleanup post one bright spot for Pearlington residents


By Al Showers – bio | email

PEARLINGTON, MS (WLOX) - You can find everything needed to clean-up a nasty oil slick staged on the banks of the East Pearl River at the Mississippi -Louisiana state line. There are boats, booms, clean-up supplies and a lot of manpower.

It's a comforting sight for folks like Pearlington resident Lisa Boscareno.

"Because it's right here, I do feel like they're going to see it. So they're going to jump on it and do something about it," Boscareno said of the approaching oil.

"They're here ready, they're on a standby," Pearlington business owner Gerald Watkins said. "It makes you feel better that they're on a standby, instead of away from here somewhere saying, 'We didn't get there on time.' Or, 'There was nothing we could do.' At least they're there. They're there ready, that's what counts."

The 70-year-old Watkins has earned a living as a commercial fisherman since he was 16. He said, up until now, his crab trap making business has been successful. He said even though the oil is still miles away from Pearlington, it's already hurt his livelihood.

"This has put me out of business completely. You couldn't give a crab trap away right now cause nobody wants them," Watkins said. "It's just too early to tell. It could be a bigger disaster than what people are thinking. If the money is there to help the people out, it's not going to be so bad. But if it's not there, it's going to ruin the whole economy."

Watkins said, for now, all he can do is keep his fingers crossed.

"Hope and pray for the best, because it looks like it's going to be bad."

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