Laid Off Workers Upset by BP Hiring AL Crew for Oil Cleanup

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Updated: 3/25/2014 7:32 pm
After tar balls washed ashore on the Barrier Islands last week, BP has contracted cleanup crews out of Alabama to clean up the mess, angering many laid off Mississippi workers. E & R Environmental is a local company sub contracted through Danos to clean up oil along the Gulf Coast. Jim Talbot, a former employee, says that last December, Danos laid off all the Mississippi cleanup crews, but the Alabama, Louisiana, and Florida crews remained. Talbot is upset that Mississippians like him are collecting unemployment when there is work to do in Mississippi. Talbot says, “Everybody involved in the oil cleanup has to be Hazwop certified, and your certification lasts for a year. Prior to them shutting down operations in Mississippi, I want to say that at least 20 of us went back through and got recertified, so there are at least 20 people who can start work tomorrow morning. All they have to do is give them a call.” News 25 contacted Danos for a statement but has yet to receive a response.

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