Nungesser upset parish not told before spray drill

Nungesser upset parish not told before spray drill

Nungesser upset parish not told before spray drill

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Associated Press

Posted on July 4, 2012 at 11:52 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jul 4 at 2:07 PM

POINTE A LA HACHE, La. (AP) — Plaquemines Parish President Billy Nungesser is upset that the parish wasn't notified before an apparent drill for pilots who spray oil spills dispersants. And he doesn't believe that the planes used in the drill were spraying only water, as he was told.

Parish official P.J. Hahn says fishermen called him June 13, saying low-flying planes sprayed something that turned to foam on the water and made their skin itch or burn.

Hahn says the Coast Guard told him it was a drill by the oil industry's Marine Spill Response Corp and that only water was being sprayed.

Judith Roos, a spokeswoman for the response corporation, says the corporation notifies the FAA and Coast Guard before drills, and that only water is used.

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