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Oil in Jackson County looks like chocolate


JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - Oil has arrived in South Mississippi. BP confirms Jackson County got hit oil in three location: a section of Pascagoula's beachfront, Bellefontaine beach, and Lake Mars Landing.

Folks at Lake Mars Landing in Jackson County say their worst nightmare has coming true. Sticky globs of oil are washing up in Mississippi Waters. "It is very sad," B.D. Root said. "It is one of those things that you think could have been prevented." Root was one of the first people to spot the oily mess Sunday morning. He couldn't believe what he saw. "We have been lucky so far, but this is just the first sign of it. There is more to come," Root conceded.

According to witnesses who saw the oil on Jackson County's shoreline, it was thick and heavy, and it looked like chocolate.

On the 69th day of the BP oil spill, Jackson County leaders said more than 350 thousand feet of boom has been put in the water to protect our coastline.

But neighbors like Rusty Little say the oil problem is only getting worse. "It will stop boating. It will stop fishing," Little said knowing that more oil is moving our way is a scary situation for South Mississippi. "It might last for generations; nobody seems to have any answers."

To help clean the oil, Harrison County is using a contraption on the water called the Goo Gobbler. The machine is working around the Biloxi Channel and near Ocean Springs' shoreline. And according to Harrison County Emergency Operations Director Rupert Lacy, two more gobblers are being rigged and put into action.

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