Jim Hood discusses spillway impact on local businesses

State Attorney General and Democratic Candidate for Governor Jim Hood was on the Coast today to discuss the ongoing impacts of the Bonnet Carre Spillway opening.

Hood spoke at Crystal Seas Seafood in Pass Christian where he highlighted the continued environmental and economic impacts of the spillway openings.

According to Hood, the Pass Christian seafood processing business has lost a significant amount of business following the spillway opening. Crystal Seas Seafood is Mississippi’s largest oyster processing facility.

Hood says the spillway openings could beat the impacts of the BP Oil Spill in 2010. “This is much worse than BP. Because with BP we saw the oil, we knew that they had the money to put the funds together. At least there was a light at the end of the tunnel, but for folks here there are two issues. Is somebody going to pay for the damage that has been caused and if so are they going to keep releasing? Is it going to happen to us every year or are we just going to be out of business?”

Hood goes on to say he is advocating for a fund to be put in place to help pay back those who are out of work and those who have lost money as a result of the opening of the Bonnet Carre Spillway.

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