Employees of a major oil and gas company scoured Deer Island beaches
Saturday with the help of The University of Southern Mississippi's
Gulf Coast Research Laboratory.
More than 30
members of the operations team from the BP Marlin offshore platform,
along with their families, boarded GCRL boats to spend the morning
bagging trash washed up on the island. GCRL personnel transported
the bagged plastic, aluminum and other litter back to the mainland
The final tally
was 50 industrial-sized bags of trash collected.
operations manager for BP Marlin, said the cleanup is the fourth
in the past two years that the operations team has conducted on
northern Gulf of Mexico beaches. Employees from Florida, Mississippi,
Louisiana and Texas participated in the island beach cleanup, along
with their family members.
of years ago we decided that we wanted to do something worthwhile
to give back to the community," said McDaniel. He said the
record so far for the group is 200 bags of trash cleaned off a Texas
On behalf of
the company, McDaniel presented a $1,400 donation in support of
the GCRL. The Ocean Springs laboratory is a public, nonprofit research
facility dedicated to working toward a future of sustainable marine
and coastal resources through scientific discovery, development
of new technology, and education of future scientists and citizens.
welcome the opportunity to partner with regional business leaders
for the improvement of the Gulf Coast," said Dr. Jay Grimes,
director of the GCRL and provost for Southern Miss Gulf Coast.
our core values in the company is 'no damage to the environment,'"
McDaniels said. "We have tons of safeguards in place offshore
to prevent negative impacts, but the cleanup is personal. The cleanup
is a family-type event."
The GCRL is
part of the university's College of Science and Technology.