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Fishermen react to reports of oil in St. Louis Bay

By Meggan Gray – bio | email

PASS CHRISTIAN, MS (WLOX) - Elmere Favre has lived in Bay St. Louis for twenty years, but she loves coming the Pass Christian harbor to fish every week. When asked about the reports of oil found not far from where she's casting her line,  she didn't seem too concerned.

"I haven't seen any here and I'm out here all the time, in Bay St. Louis and in Pass Christian," explains Farve.  " I'm not concerned right now. There's no danger right now, not at all."

At the end of the pier, Stanford Bahl is anxiously waiting for a bite on his line.  The Pass Christian native says he heard about the greenish-brown substance spotted in the Bay, so he went to go take a look.

"I rode out to the beach over the weekend, didn't see anything," says Bahl. "It's a concern but really there ain't nothing we can do about it. Leave it to the people that knows what they supposedly know what they're doing, you know? We're just out here fish until they say we can't fish no more and be done with it."

On the other side of the harbor, two contractors are repairing a boat that's been working for BP.  One of them spent about a week trolling waters near Cat Island, and found nothing.

Joshua Slocum told WLOX-TV,  "No oil. We're dredging out there with those white booms and stuff under there to see cause we're dredging under the water and every time we pull up every 30 minutes. We're taking notes down, writing notes down for BP and we're not seeing no oil or no film in our bags or nothing like that either."

But Pass Christian Mayor Chipper McDermott isn't convinced.  He got a good look at the suspicious goo Sunday night.

"It's something you haven't seen before and it's something you wouldn't want to be swimming in or be around that, I can tell you that. It's nasty looking."

McDermott says whatever that substance turns out to be, he wants to keep it away from the bayous that lead to Timber Ridge.

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