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Hancock Co. to check boats for oil contamination

By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

BAY ST. LOUIS, MS (WLOX) - Hancock County is taking precautions to keep oil from getting into the Bay of St. Louis this Independence Day weekend. Officials are urging all boaters to use extreme caution on the waterways because increased traffic could threaten containment boom and cause the spread of oil on the water.

All oil containment boom gates in the Bay of St. Louis, except for the main ship channel at the center of the CSX Rail Road Bridge, have been closed. Officials say designated vessels at the main ship channel will be checking to ensure that any boat entering the Bay of St. Louis is free from oil contamination. Boats that has been contaminated will not be allowed to enter the Bay of St. Louis.

Officials are reminding the public that littering from boats is illegal. Oil covered bottles and other waste have been found washing up along the beaches. They say anyone caught throwing anything overboard, can and will be prosecuted.

To report potential oil sighting's, or if there are questions or concerns, please call the EOC at (228) 466-8320. The EOC is open 7 days per week from 7am – 7pm. To make a report after hours, please call Central Dispatch at (228) 255-9191.

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