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South Mississippi officials investigate reports of tar balls

HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Meggan Gray – bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Several agencies in South Mississippi are working together to investigate reports of tar balls in Pass Christian and Long Beach.  After word from the Governor's office on Thursday, officials with Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, Department of Marine Resources, and Harrison County Sand Beach Authority have been trying to figure out just what, if anything, was found.

So far, none of our local people have been able to confirm any tar balls, on any of our beaches.  Pass Christian Harbor Master Willie Davis talks with boaters every day. According to Davis, the coast is still clear.

"No, we haven't had any," Davis said. "We haven't even had a sheen. We haven't had nothing."

Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott said he's talked with other city officials, and they too haven't heard of any tar ball sightings. 

"To my knowledge we don't know of any that are down here.  Now if there are, we need to know about where all they are so we can keep an eye on them ourselves."

According to Harrison County Sand Beach Director Bobby Weaver, there's still no official word on what was found on the beach, or where it was found. 

"There are some discussions that there might have been some material picked up. They're not sure whether or not it is oil related.  We're also trying to figure out which agency collected those items, where they sent them for analysis to make a determination."

Weaver points out that up to this point, all sightings of debris or dead animals have not been oil related.  He hopes that's still the case.

He also wanted to emphasize that officials from all agencies are working together to make sure they relay the most accurate information.

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