Local Response To Oil Spill Could Use Boost: Panel

Law360, New York (June 24, 2010, 8:02 PM EDT) -- Gulf Coast officials and environmental specialists told lawmakers Thursday that they need more resources and training at the local level to respond to the threat posed by the Deepwater Horizon spill.

Manly Barton, a supervisor with the Jackson County Board in Pascagoula, Miss., told a House panel that the area does not even have command centers sufficient to hold all the people needed to coordinate an emergency response, as local officials learned during Hurricane Katrina.

“When you got everybody together, you had the right people [during...
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