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Jackson Co. gets more protective boom to guard its coastline

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) -

By Patrice Clark – bio | email

JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - County officials say their bayous, beaches, and marshlands need more protection, and one supervisor believes a new type of boom could be the answer to absorbing more oil.

BP contractors were up at daybreak Wednesday ready to lay more than 300 feet of containment and absorbent booms in Pascagoula waterways. BP is playing catch-up. For the past few days, weather has stalled booming operations.

"There are still some areas that have been designated to be boomed at the last minute, so that will take place in the next couple of days... weather permitting," BP's Liaison Doug Adams said. 

At Lake Mars Landing, there was similar boom activity.

"It is a wood fiber type boom," Supervisor John McKay said. 

McKay represents the area, and recently got a booming company to donate 1,000 feet of the protective gear. 

"These are all wood chips on the inside on the plastic lining. The water goes right through it, the oil sticks to the wood chips." 

Right now, there's more than 200,000 feet of boom stretched across County. But if this new boom works, McKay is hoping BP will invest in the product because more is always better when fighting oil attacks. 

"We have to work every day to find the answer to save these marshes and our beaches." 

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