Oil spill response concerns addressed at open house meeting in Creole

By Crystal Price - bio | email

CREOLE, LA (KPLC) - Representatives from BP, the Coast Guard, U.S. Wildlife and Fisheries, and other agencies hosted an open house meeting on Tuesday evening at the Camp Creole Multi-purpose Center in Creole, LA.

The meeting gave residents an opportunity to voice their concerns one-on-one with officials from agencies involved in the oil spill response.

Some of the exhibits addressed how close the oil is to southwest Louisiana, and what officials plan to do if it does hit Cameron's coast.

"We're currently in the planning stages and should be able to ramp up should there be an impact here," said Neal Geary, spokesperson for BP. "We've already got a considerable amount of assets in Cameron Parish, should we need to ramp those up."

Commercial Fisherman Adley Dyson of Cameron said that although the oil has not washed up on their coast, that doesn't mean he is not feeling the impact.

"We have a really bad problem with being over fished," said Dyson. "Because Texas is closed and to the east of us they're closed. Here the shrimp aren't coming in like they should."

However, BP has at least 31 different claims offices on hand to assist commercial fishermen.

"We want people to know that if their livelihoods have been jeopardized, that's what those claims offices are there for," said Geary.

The BP spokesperson also said they have recently paid more than 52,000 claims, which adds up to more than 62 million dollars.

"We do understand the concerns of the people," said Geary. "We're working to listen better and work with them to respond to their claims the best way we possibly can."

To file a claim, feel free to call the BP Claim Center's toll free number at 1(800) 440-0858 or mail your claim to: ESIS, One Beaver Valley Road, Wilmington, DE 19803.

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