Taylor views oil, calls response ‘an effort in futility’

morning flight out of Gulfport into the Mississippi Sound showed long, wide ribbons of orange-colored oil and acres of heavy and light sheen moving further into the Sound between the barrier islands, but no measurable skimming occurring from Horn Island to Pass Christian. U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor was on the flight and got out of the military helicopter angry.

“It was an effort in futility,” Taylor said, within minutes of returning from the flight. “It’s criminal what’s going on out there. This doesn’t have to happen.”

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“They’re paying all these boats to run around like headless chickens,”

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“I’m having a Katrina flashback. I haven’t seen this much stupidity, wasted effort, money and wasted resources, since then.”

Sun Herald
6/26/10