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Jun 1, 2010 12:23 AM by Jim Hummel

Oil Worries as Hurricane Season Begins

Some worry the largest environmental disaster in U.S. history could be made even worse by a natural disaster, as hurricane season officially begins Tuesday.

With memories of storm surge following Hurricanes Rita and Ike still fresh in the minds of many residents in Vermilion Parish, some are wondering what might happen if oil is added to the equation.

"It's just one more thing to worry about with this oil spill situation," said Mark Shirley with the LSU Ag Center.

"It depends on just where it is and how concentrated it is, you know as how bad the cleanup is going to be if it's just a little sheen spread over miles and miles you might not notice it, but with all the debris and mud it's just more stuff to cleanup."

Officials in Vermilion Parish are preparing for the possibility of oil coming with storm-surge. Becky Broussard, head of the Office of Emergency Preparedness for Vermilion Parish says should that worst case scenario become a reality, BP would be responsible to supply contractors to assist in the cleanup.

Jim Hummel

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