GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality reports the post-hurricane season shoreline oil spill inspections for Mississippi have been completed. These
inspections were conducted to ensure that no additional oil impacts occurred as a result of storms passing through the Gulf of Mexico during the 2011 hurricane season.
In Mississippi, 111 shoreline segments, consisting of approximately 40 miles, were inspected. Of the 111 segments, three did not meet the standard and continue to be cleaned and monitored. Segment lengths vary depending on the type of shoreline, but they are typically ¼ of a mile in length.
In November 2011, Captain Duke Walker, the U.S. Coast Guard’s Federal On-Scene Coordinator for the Deepwater Horizon oil spill, consulted with the affected states, and directed BP (the responsible party) to re-inspect more than 300 miles of previously cleaned or never oiled shoreline.