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Jan 17, 2010 6:00 PM by Veronica White

Local Oil Company to Haiti

An Acadiana company is bringing a much-needed commodity to Haiti. Locally-owned company Macro Oil is part of the relief effort, providing fuel for the military.

Sunday morning 41 volunteer workers left with 25 trucks and 40,000 gallons of fuel-- it is all going from Broussard to Haiti.

Owner Bill McElligott says their "Emergency Fuel Management" division is always ready.

"It's 365 days a year of preparation, you never know when you'll get called out. We respond to disasters, hurricanes, ice storms around the country and now for the first time we'll go international," says McElligott.

Volunteers say they are prepared for their first trip outside the U.S.

"It might be little rough for a couple days but I think we can manage. I hope everything will be okay," says worker Gabriel Francis.

Once the the volunteers finish the 15-hour drive to Miami, they will take barges to Haiti, and stay there for about 3 weeks.

The workers like Kenneth Smith say the trip and the hard work is all worth it:

"Go over and give a helping hand, see what we can do, help the people out," he says.

They will use the fuel for everything from military vehicles to generators at hospitals.

This is the first of several runs to Haiti. After the group has settled in they will work with the military to figure out what needs to be done next.

 

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