Hitting close to home. Oil has entered the "Jackson Marsh". Please don't kill the marsh in order to save it. An open letter to Senator Roger Wicker.

Folks I have more on my plate than time to blog but I could not let the latest report of oil in the marshes of Hancock County pass without commenting.  What the Sun Herald calls Jackson Marsh (No doubt related to the nearby Jackson Ridge) is a special place I knew as a kid as Dodson’s pond which was named for a local doctor whose son I attended elementary school with long ago. 

Doctor Dodson remains a great man and humanitarian who always took care of the local boys back in the day.  I always had permission to duck hunt in that tidal marsh as a teenager including a few times with future mayor Tommy Longo and his siblings.  It breaks my heart to see such a wonderful place of biodiversity poisoned by a rogue company which cut corners on safety.  I also know that if oil is in “Jackson Marsh” then it is also in “Mayfields” and the marshes across from Bayou Caddy, places I well know from my time living in Hancock County. 

This brings us to the last Sun Herald update filed by Donna Melton at the Sun Herald and it is there we stop next (sorry Donna but I need the entire piece so I apologize in advance): 

The Jackson Marsh in Waveland doesn’t look good. 

Dime to quarter-sized tarballs and an oily sheen can readily be seen in the marsh and is flowing back into the Mississippi Sound as the tide goes out. Continue reading “Hitting close to home. Oil has entered the "Jackson Marsh". Please don't kill the marsh in order to save it. An open letter to Senator Roger Wicker.”