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BP clears up confusion over pulling Vessels of Opportunity boats


By Danielle Thomas – bio | email

PASCAGOULA, MS (WLOX) - Some coast leaders say some people are misinterpreting BP's precautionary measures in dealing with Tropical Storm Bonnie. On Thursday, company officials made the decision to pull all Vessels of Opportunity out of the water for safety reasons. However, it seems, not everyone got the message.

Jesse Deshields went to Thursday's public meeting in Pascagoula to find out why his job as a deckhand has been put on hold.

"Everybody needs to know what's going on," said Deshields. "They need to find out you know."

More than a dozen fishermen asked BP why they're not out skimming oil out of the Mississippi Sound. The reason they found out is Bonnie.

BP Spokesperson Ruth Rendon said, "With the impending storm we decided to pull all the Vessels of Opportunity off the water for safety reasons. That may have caused some confusion because it was an immediate removal from the water. We know that there's still work to be done out there so we just had to communicate effectively it's not the end. We are not pulling out."

BP is moving some of equipment northward because of the storm. Jackson County officials say that is being misinterpreted by some in the community.

"They've been moving some assets and stuff," said District Three Supervisor Mike Mangum. "People are saying, 'Well, are they moving out? Do they think they're finished because the cap's on?'"

"It's not about that," said Mangum. "What they're doing is they're pre-staging things that they don't particularly need away from the low areas and out of harm's way."

Several other agencies including the Coast Guard, the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, and the Small Business Administration also attended the meeting.

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