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“We cannot clean up or catch the oil until BP gets here. They have all of our people,” said Earl Etheridge, a spokesman for Mississippi’s Department of Environmental Quality. “We want to clean this up now. Maybe this will amp up BP’s effort but we can’t do anything because they have all the money.”
Jackson County's emergency management director says oil has been spotted in at least two areas on Mississippi's shoreline, which had so far been mostly spared any major effects from the spill. Donald Langham said tar balls and a patch of oil were spotted at the St. Andrews beach and at the Lake Mars pier in Gulf Park Estates. Cleanup teams were on the scene and two skimming vessels were working the channel between Deer Island and the shore.