HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Talk of tarballs reportedly washing up on Mississippi's shoreline dominated a Friday morning oil spill briefing at BP's Woolmarket staging area.
Representatives from the company, and from the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality both said they were unaware of any tarballs in Harrison County.
The Governor's office said Thursday that tarballs are washing up on Mississippi's barrier islands, and on the beach in Long Beach and Pass Christian.
According to Dan Turner, a spokesperson for Governor Barbour, small tarballs were found Wednesday and Thursday sparsely scattered on the beach area and the barrier islands. Turner said the consistency of the tarballs is leading to speculation that they may be a result of oil burnings over the last few weeks.
However, WLOX News has been unable to confirm the information with local sources. We contacted the Long Beach Police Department, the Pass Christian Fire Department, and the Harrison County Emergency Operations Center. All said they had heard no reports of tarballs in the past few days.
This morning, the mayor of Pass Christian was on his city's waterfront. And he reiterated that no tarballs have been spotted on Harrison County beaches.