Taylor checks BP’s defense for Mississippi

By KAREN NELSON – klnelson@sunherald.com

Over the weekend, U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor attended a church festival in Pass Christian and found his constituents worried that BP isn’t prepared to protect Mississippi from the Gulf oil spill.

On Monday, he toured BP’s primary equipment staging area on Canal Road to see for himself.

He said he was impressed with the sand- and water-skimming equipment, dozers, front-end loaders, vacuum trucks, airboats and marsh trucks. He appeared to be satisfied.

“People are expressing a concern that we’re not ready,” Taylor said. “I think it’s important to show people what’s being staged. It’s like your hometown fire department. You want to know that they’re there. You want to know that they’re trained and you hope to goodness you never need them.”

Taylor received a briefing on what the equipment can do. He was also told that Mississippi is flush with boom. The 360,000 feet around sensitive areas of Mississippi coastline is 100 percent of what is called for in the area preparedness plan. BP’s Lisa Houghton said the focus now is to keep boom repaired and operational.

Primary staging area

The 50-acre site Taylor scanned on Monday is BP’s primary staging area in Mississippi. It in turn supports operations closer to the Mississippi shore, nine smaller staging sites from Pascagoula to Bayou Caddy in Hancock County.

Read more: http://www.sunherald.com/2010/06/07/2240123/taylor-checks-bps-defense-for.html#ixzz0qH7cKcAy

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