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Oil not in Mississippi waters


By Jeff Lawson – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Harrison County's EOC Director said Monday there is no sign of any oil in Mississippi waters. Rupert Lacy made those remarks while meeting with the Harrison County Board of Supervisors Monday.

While Lacy was talking to supervisors, 4th District Congressman Gene Taylor was flying over Ship and Chandeleur Islands, as well as the Southwest Pass and several marshes. Taylor said the slick looks a little better than it did a week ago when he flew over it. He said the closest oil to Mississippi is about 35 miles south of Cat Island.

"There is no oil in the Mississippi Sound, no oil on our barrier islands," Taylor told the media after his flyover.

Rupert Lacy was also sounding cautiously optimistic, but said it is still a wait and see situation because of some shifting winds that could pose a problem.

At that same meeting, District Two Supervisor Kim Savant wanted to emphasize that if any oil reaches Mississippi waters, the first people to go to work will be Mississippians.

"I think there are about 500 out of state folks that BP brought in that are sitting in hotel rooms somewhere," Savant said. "Our governor told BP, those out of state folks are not going to work until Mississippi people go to work, and I applaud him for that. "

In Waveland, nearly 200 people went to the Win Job Center Monday, hoping to get hired for the oil clean up work. A BP subcontractor is looking to hire anywhere from 1,000 to 1,500 people. A spokesperson said workers would be doing various types of jobs, and getting paid $12 an hour and up. She also said the work could involve as much as 84 hours a week.

Meanwhile, at a Louisiana news conference, BP's chief operating officer said the company will try a new way to contain the oil still spewing out, later this week. He said if it works, it will stop about 85 percent of the flow.

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