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Spill response for Miss. will be based in Biloxi

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Posted: Jun 29, 2010 8:46 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Haley Barbour, Biloxi, Mississippi, Coast Guard, Oil Spill, Gulf of Mexico

Gov. Haley Barbour says that oil spill response officials have agreed to transfer control of containment and cleanup efforts in the state from Mobile, Ala., to a Coast Guard office in Biloxi.

Barbour said Monday response boats will be equipped with radios and larger craft to collect soiled boom.

He said communication problems have hampered work, and boats wasted valuable time ferrying oily boom to and from shore.

The state is ordering skimming vessels to scoop up oil before it reaches the coast and BP is bringing in more, but Barbour said still more are needed. Oil from the BP spill in the Gulf of Mexico
began hitting mainland beaches over the weekend.

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