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The City of Ocean Springs will receive Gunder boom

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) -

By Jessica Bowman – email

OCEAN SPRINGS, MS (WLOX) - The City of Ocean Springs will soon be home to a BP pilot booming program. Ocean Springs Mayor Connie Moran met with BP officials at the Department of Marine Resources headquarters Sunday morning.

After many meetings with BP, Mayor Moran said she now feels the city is on track to achieving its goal of preparedness.

"We made a presentation again Sunday for the ocean boom called Gunder Boom, proposing a stretch that would go from East Deer Island all the way to Marsh Point near East Beach," said Mayor Moran.

Because of that presentation, BP has agreed to fund a pilot program for a section of the boom.

"We feel that will go a long way to preventing oil coming into the Mississippi Sound, Davis Bayou and the Biloxi Bay Basin," Moran said. "It was just a matter of BP agreeing to fund it. It's not inexpensive, but if it's what works and it can corral the oil that's coming in towards the Sound and the vacuum trucks can get to it, then I think that's the best solution that we can afford at this time."

Moran said although now would be the ideal time to deploy the boom, that is not possible.

"Well, they have to manufacture it, so it will take some time. It will take about eight weeks or so, unfortunately. But at least now it's been designed. We already have the Corps of Engineers permit to install it," said Moran.

Governor Haley Barbour's office has been in contact with Mayor Moran and said South Mississippi should expect about a dozen skimmers this week to help with the oil clean up. Moran said as far as oil washing up on the beaches in Ocean Springs, Front and East Beach are both seeing small tar balls about the size of nickels and half dollars.    

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