Senate hearing considers oil spill response

BILOXI, MS (WLOX) – South Mississippi senators heard plenty about the oil spill crisis Thursday afternoon. A select Senate committee held a hearing at the DMR headquarters to discuss Mississippi’s ongoing response to the spill.

The hearing lasted several hours and covered plenty of ground. Among the highlights: Coast tourism is taking a drastic hit this summer, communications between BP and county emergency directors still needs improving and the National Guard is standing-by to ramp up its response.

“I want to tell you, we’re not here as a committee to make political speeches, point fingers, cast blame. We’re here to address the problem of the oil spill and in particular it is out hope that we’re able to address Mississippi’s role in the response and determine if we’re making the best use of our available resources,” said Sen. Billy Hewes, who chaired the meeting.

DMR Director Dr. William Walker told the committee the best possible solution for Mississippi lies with winning the battle offshore.