Mississippi Commission for Long-Term Oil Spill Recovery
Mississippi exhibited a proactive approach to dealing with the Gulf Oil Spill. After the Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig exploded, the Gulf water was saturated with oil. This oil has impacted the livelihood of individuals in the oil industry, businesses and proprietors of the Gulf Seafood industry, and many other individuals. Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Texas have a mess on their hands. Now they are cleaning it up.
Governor Haley Barbour of Mississippi appointed a 38 person commission to deal with Mississippi’s oil dilemma. Seeking long-term recovery as opposed to short-term solutions, the Governor has accumulated a highly knowledgeable team of researchers, business experts, and industry specialists.
Jay Grimes with the University of Southern Mississippi’s Gulf Coast Research Lab was quoted by Gulf Live as stating:
“My concern is what is the fate and effects of the oil in Mississippi. I feel, and my colleagues at the lab agree, that we need to take a look at the toxicity of the oil and of the dispersed oil. We need to test the immediate toxicity and the long-term toxicity’s effect on all forms of marine life.”
Other individuals who will also serve on the committee include Co-Chairs William Walker (Mississippi Department of Marine Resources) and Trudy Fisher (Mississippi DEQ) as well as Tom Becker, of the Mississippi Gulf Coast Charter Boats Association; LaDon Swann, director of the Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant Consortium; Ron Peresich, chairman of the Gulf Coast Business Council; Jerry St. Pé, Jackson County businessman; Chuck Benvenutti, Hancock County businessman; Steve Renfroe, of Chevron’s Pascagoula refinery; and Sen. Tommy Moffatt; and others.
Gulf Live quoted the governor as saying:
“In the wake of the oil spill, we have an opportunity to address any number of issues in a comprehensive way, not just for right now, but into the future…This commission will have a wide charge, from preliminarily determining the impact of the oil spill on Gulf ecosystems to addressing concerns about seafood safety to improving hurricane protection and habitat restoration.”