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Morgan City gearing up for oil

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Posted: May 13, 2010 4:47 PM by Chris Nakamoto
Updated: May 13, 2010 6:55 PM
Source: WBRZ

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Topics: Morgan City, Oil Spill, St. Mary Parish, WBRZ

St. Mary Parish Leaders and state leaders flew over oil slick in the Gulf and found it is inching closer to the parish.

Many of the booms that have been deployed are not working.

"We flew over raccoon island and some of the booms had been beached and what that shows is the booms have to be constantly maintained," Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal said.

Parish workers say they have nearly 15,000 feet of boom ready to be deployed. The boom is being held in Franklin, La., which is about one hour west of Morgan City.

In a twist of irony, Morgan City leaders are trying to protect the fragile wetlands from the very oil they celebrate every year. The Shrimp and Petroleum Festival is a massive gathering that Morgan City has become famous for.

"Morgan City is the birthplace of offshore oil and gas," Mayor Tim Matte said. "This is an industry we know pretty well."

Parish leaders say they may start deploying boom as early as this evening. Currently, they are watching the river levels and say they are higher than usual and are working in their favor.

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