Jun 2, 2010 7:28 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Staging Area in Vermilion Parish

Bulldozers are laying the groundwork for what will soon be a staging area in Intracoastal City.


Jerod Regan, supervisor at Newpark Environment, said “they just started construction, so I’m not even sure if people are even aware that they are here.”


Five trailers will be used as living quarters and a tent will be set up for workers to come and eat.


The Vermilion Parish Office of Emergency Preparedness says BP is just taking preventative action. People who work in Intracoastal City say they are happy about BP’s presence.


Sean Bohannon, a cleaning technician at PSC, said "I'm glad to see them expanding and doing the best they can. They were never prepared for this disaster."


Owner of JKS Seafood, John Nguyen, added "it's about time BP stepped up to the plate and looked beyond Plaquemines Parish and elsewhere to see where it's going."


Nguyen opened up JKS Seafood three years ago. He says he's been hit with one disaster after another.


"Katrina, Rita, Ike Gustav and now the oil spill," he said.


Nguyen says this one's hard to swallow, because it's a man-made disaster.


"I can only take it one day at a time, this is out of my control,” he said.


The staging area is expected to be up and running by Friday.


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