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Jul 18, 2010 3:14 PM by Chris Welty

Open House Scheduled to Answer Questions About Spill

Representatives from the U.S. Coast Guard, BP, the National Oceanic Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Environmental Protection Agency and other state and partner agencies responding to the Deepwater Horizon oil spill are scheduled to host an open house in Vermilion Parish Tuesday.

The open house will give residents the opportunity to engage one-on-one with experts about the techniques, strategies and materials being used in the spill response.

"We want to keep the local communities informed with the most accurate and timely information we have," said Coast Guard Capt. Roger Laferriere, Coast Guard Incident Commander in Houma, La. "We want to communicate with the public and provide them with first-hand information on the topics that concern them most."

The open house will feature experts and representatives from responding agencies who will answer questions and provide visual information on the various tools and testing, equipment and tactics that are being used in the response, including waste remediation, boom, burns, sand berms, skimming and dispersants. Agencies representatives will be available to address concerns about environmental quality, wildlife, safety and resources available to residents. Information will also be available on the Vessels of Opportunity Program, Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program and volunteer and employment efforts.

Claims representatives will be available for questions or concerns residents might have on the claims process.

Vermilion Parish
Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 6 - 8 p.m. CDT - The VN Hall (Vietnamese), 1201 North Lafitte Road, Abbeville, La 70510.
For information contact the Deepwater Horizon Response Community Liaison Office in Houma at 985-493-2791. For more information about the response effort, visit www.deepwaterhorizonresponse.com.

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