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Biloxi seeks to take control of oil cleanup

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

By David Elliott – bio | email

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Hundreds of contracted workers combed the beach in Biloxi near Rodenberg Avenue Monday morning looking for oil and tar bars.

"We found a few tar balls, tar patties really. We picked them up and disposed of them, " said Don Motter with TL Wallace, a company contracted by BP.

Over the weekend, an oil sheen washed up on that same area of beach.

Meanwhile, Biloxi Mayor A.J. Holloway is getting increasingly frustrated with the situation.

"Oil is getting into Biloxi Bay and I didn't want that to happen," the Mayor said as he wonders about BP and the federal government's plan. "I was out there in a helicopter on Sunday and saw patches of oil and no skimmer boats. There's nobody out there working."

The mayor said the city is going to have to get busy protecting its own interests.

"I guess we're just going to have to do it ourselves."

Biloxi is looking for a company to enter into an agreement with to pick up oil and oil impacted waste. Several companies have applied. The deadline to hire a qualified company is June 30th.

Click here to read the city's Request for Proposals and to see the specs for a proposed contract.

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