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Jackson County Supervisor to testify in Washington about oil spill's impact

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

MOSS POINT, MS (WLOX)- Jackson County Supervisor Manly Barton is heading to Washington to tell the U.S. House of Representatives Committee how BP's oil leak is negatively impacting South Mississippi. Barton's testimony will be part of a "State Planning Offshore Energy Development: Standards for Preparedness" hearing.

When Supervisor Manly Barton steps foot in Washington D.C., he'll have list of suggestions for federal lawmakers to help south Mississippians survive this Coastal Crisis. Now 64 days into BP's oil spill, Barton said there's still a communication gap among BP, the local, state, and federal governments. "We want to make sure as this process goes along, we are made aware of where everything is, and what the plans are today based on what is going on today. Sometimes we don't know that. Economic hardship is another hot topic.

Barton said while the oil has not invaded our entire coastline, it's starting to hit seafood businesses and ruin people's livelihoods who work on the water. As far as oil fighting resources, nearly 400,000 feet of boom is in Mississippi's waters BP also gave $25 million to the state.

Barton said looking toward the future, he would like the government to do its part by also giving grant money out for new emergency centers to better accommodate officials helping in disasters like this one. "It is certainly something we are concerned about." Barton hopes his honesty in Washington will get more resources, money, and attention to help South Mississippi. Barton said the hearing is Thursday.

He will have to answer three questions and talk five minutes before The House Subcommittee on Insular Affairs, Oceans and Wildlife.

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