Why is oil debris slated to be dumped in a local landfill? - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

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Why is oil debris slated to be dumped in a local landfill?

The Harrison County Board of Supervisors has every right to be mad that it was not told waste being collected from the BP oil leak cleanup could soon be dumped in a local landfill. It was disclosed last week BP entered an agreement with the state and Waste Management to use Pecan Grove Landfill for just that.

We question why state officials did not let local supervisors know? Why would South Mississippi want oil soaked booms and other oily debris to be buried in the landfill?

First we don't know the amount of material that might be taken to the landfill. If you recall the building of the landfill was controversial and the site has limited capacity. So why would we want to shorten the life of the landfill by filling it with oil soaked debris?

Second, we don't know if this is safe for our community? Maybe it would be fine but we think BP and state officials need to inform the local supervisors about any potential risk.

We agree with Supervisor Marlin Ladner who calls the agreement a slap in our face, saying,"BP deposits oil on our beaches and possibly in estuaries and rivers and then puts oil contaminated waste in a truck and hauls it four miles to dump it in the ground in the same county BP's oil leak polluted."

We urge our local supervisors to keep the pressure on the state and BP. The last thing we need after we recovering in the Gulf is to then find we have another crisis in our landfill.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

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