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Larger boom to be deployed Friday across St. Louis Bay


By Al Showers – bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Bay St. Louis leaders are fuming because they say oil containment boom, promised to them six weeks ago, has yet to be deployed.

The boom is supposed to be placed in the Bay of St. Louis and stretch from Washington Street in Bay St. Louis to Henderson Point in Harrison County. Leaders say with oil already impacting Long Beach and Pass Christian, Bay St. Louis will likely be next.

"It's of vital importance that we get that system placed today because from all indications  this is our last day without oil at the mouth of Bay St. Louis, " said Bay St. Louis Mayor Les Fillingame.  

BP contract crews were supposed to install two layers of the larger ocean boom Monday, but the weather delayed them.

"Even with the weather we've had for the past few days, there are not ocean-like conditions at the mouth of Bay St. Louis. They would have gotten wet out there working, but there is no reason in the world that that boom isn't out there yet," Fillingame said.

Two sections of larger boom, totaling 14,000 feet, will be deployed across the Bay, from Bay St. Louis to Henderson Point. Right now, it will be the only front line of protection for the bay.

"We have to have something. We cannot sit here with nothing. Preemptive strike is what we're looking for. We want to slow it down at least, " Ward 2 City Councilwoman Wendy McDonald said.

"There is no reason in the world, that we can find, that they're not in the Bay of St. Louis working very aggressively today," Fillingame said. "We're getting ready to go find them and find out where they're at in the process of getting mobilized."

Late Thursday afternoon, Mayor Fillingame caught up with the work crew. He said they were mobilizing on the Henderson Point side of the Bay and had started placing smaller boom in the shallow waters. He was told crews would begin placing the larger boom Friday morning.

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