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A dog that was rescued from euthanization two weeks was shot and killed Sunday afternoon by a Sheriff's Deputy after the dog attacked three people, including its owner and the officer. It wasn't the firstMore >>
A dog that was rescued from euthanization two weeks was shot and killed Sunday afternoon by a Sheriff's Deputy after the dog attacked three people, including its owner and the officer.More >>
Mississippi's barrier islands were among the areas most damaged by oil washing ashore from the BP disaster one year ago.
The subsequent clean-up operation on the islands has removed nearly four million pounds of tar balls and oil patties. Much of that work was scaled-back last month so clean-up crews don't disturb nesting birds on the barrier islands.
"People are ready to get out. Spring fever is here and they want to get back out to the islands," said Louis Skrmetta, whose family owns Ship Island Excursions.
"The beaches look great, the water is beautiful. The good news is the island is pretty much clean, at least here at West Ship Island," said the ferry boat owner.
As visitors enjoy the sun and surf on Ship Island, a small clean-up crew raked and sifted through the sand.
With the number of workers scaled back because of bird nesting season, the focus is on the most popular areas for island visitors.
"I'm glad to see them out here, because you do have signs of tar balls still in the high dune lines. And we want to make sure the tourists, when they come out here, they don't experience anything having to do with oil," said Skrmetta.
Julia Swanson makes sure clean-up crews stay away from wildlife and sensitive dune vegetation.
"We don't want to have a negative impact on the beach or any part of the Gulf Islands National Seashore more than what the spill has already caused," said Swanson, who works as a National Parks resource officer.
Skrmetta worries about long term impact. Another big concern is the upcoming hurricane season.
"I'm still worried that come hurricane season or the next tropical storm that we may have a whole new batch of oil on the beaches. The huge amount of oil that was dumped. I mean 200 million gallons of oil just 70 miles south of Ship Island, you have to wonder. It's down in that deep water. And the next hurricane, the next hurricane could pull it up and bring it ashore on the islands. That's the question, I guess," he said, looking out over the rolling surf along the south shore of the island.
Hundreds of clean-up workers have scoured the sands of Horn Island since the spill. The effort has included picking up tar balls by hand and using specialty beach equipment to sift through the sand.
"We feel good about where the barrier islands are. I think if you go out there and look at them, in most cases if you didn't know what you're looking for, I don't know that you'd really think that there was any damage out there," said BP spokesman Ray Melick, in a recent interview.
Additional clean-up crews will return to Horn Island later this summer, once nesting season has passed.
Louis Skrmetta said he's looking forward to a busy summer taking visitors to Ship Island. Last year, his business was down some 60 percent due to the oil spill. He received a welcome boost when a BP contractor hired his company to ferry clean-up workers to the island for several months.
Wednesday, April 20 2011 6:14 PM EDT2011-04-20 22:14:15 GMT
A large group of fishermen, environmentalists and concerned citizens gathered beside a shrimp boat dock in Biloxi on Wednesday to remember the victims of the BP oil rig explosion, and lament the ongoing impact of that disaster which happened one year ago.More >>
Wednesday, April 20 2011 9:52 AM EDT2011-04-20 13:52:45 GMT
One year after the BP oil spill in the Gulf, tourism related businesses on the Mississippi Gulf Coast are still struggling to recover their losses. Most business owners are cautiously optimistic that things will be better this year, but they know nothing is certain.More >>
Wednesday, April 20 2011 8:26 AM EDT2011-04-20 12:26:36 GMT
Louis Skrmetta is hoping for a busy summer season for Ship Island Excursions. Opening day, the family ferry business took more than 500 visitors to the island. That's good news, since last year his business was down by about 60 percent because of the oil spill.More >>
Tuesday, April 19 2011 3:02 PM EDT2011-04-19 19:02:47 GMT
The director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says she's pleased with the response and clean-up of the oil on this week's one year anniversary of the BP oil spill. Trudy Fisher says the biggest challenge still remaining is perception.More >>
Tuesday, April 19 2011 1:27 PM EDT2011-04-19 17:27:34 GMT
Just one day before the one year anniversary of the Gulf oil spill, NOAA announced that the last area of federal waters has reopened to fishing. The last 1,041 square miles of Gulf waters immediately surrounding the Deepwater Horizon wellhead is now open to commercial and recreational fishing.More >>
Wednesday, April 20 2011 10:42 PM EDT2011-04-21 02:42:31 GMT
Many individuals and businesses along the Mississippi Gulf Coast continue to wait for final payments for costs and damages as a result of the BP oil spill. AJ Giardina spoke with a few individuals who say the Gulf Coast Claims Facility is using delay tactics in sending out checks.More >>
Wednesday, April 20 2011 10:32 PM EDT2011-04-21 02:32:55 GMT
Removing all the oil from Mississippi's barrier islands is a bit like chasing a moving target. As soon as one section of beach is cleaned, the dynamics of wind and waves take over, shifting sand to reveal new sections of tar balls and oil patties.More >>
Use the numbers below to contact the Deepwater Horizon Incident Joint Information Center on matters regarding the oil slick in Gulf of Mexico: Report oiled shoreline or request volunteer information:More >>
1 Julian Price Place
Charlotte, NC 28208