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May 6, 2010 6:58 PM by Veronica White

Vermilion Parish Defense Against Oil

Vermilion Parish police jurors finalized a plan to protect coastal Vermilion Parish from the oil spill on Thursday morning.

After the spill they began working with Iberia and St. Mary parishes on a plan to stop the oil in its tracks.

"We came up with a plan to set up a line of defense to stop the oil from entering Vermilion Bay," says Wayne Touchet, Vermilion Parish Police Jury President.

Their first line of defense-- and they hope the only one needed-- will be from Point Chevreuil to South Point along East Cote Blanche Bay.

"We determined the location of booming in the area where all the booming is; we set up a plan of who's going to lay boom out," says Touchet.

Locals are worried if nothing is done quickly the spill will affect their whole Parish and way of life.

"It's going to affect a lot of things, like the gas prices, its going to mess up everything, like the seafood," says resident Josh Viator.

The group sent the plan to the Coast Guard for approval and they are confident it will be put into action shortly.

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