Crestwood, KY business aids Gulf Coast cleanup

Jerry McCandless
Jerry McCandless

Crestwood, KY - By Shayla Reaves - bio | email

CRESTWOOD, KY (WAVE) - A Crestwood, Kentucky business is helping with the Gulf Coast cleanup. Evergreen Environmental Group sent two contractors to the coast on May 6 according to Jerry McCandless, a principal partner in the company.

According to its website, Evergreen Environmental is skilled at "24-hour spill response," and the 2-man team it sent has been putting those skills to good use while working not far from New Orleans in Louisiana, trying to minimize the oil slick's impact on wildlife.

"The group that we're working for are concerned about the migratory birds and fish and things like that," McCandless said. "They are working about 14 hours a day, 7 days a week. And that is one of our concerns, because when you work that long you get not only tired but mentally tired."

McCandless says the recent Gulf Coast oil leak is the biggest environmental disaster EEG has ever dealt with since opening in 1986.

"We have run some spills that would be big spills," McCandless said. "But this is consuming the resources of the United States and many parts of the world."

He says more contractors, consultants or engineers could be headed to the coast next week as oil moves closer to the coastline.

"Each day it is moving closer, and we've got probably 50 people on standby for when that time comes," McCandless said.

In some ways, materials to contain the oil are harder to find than people to help.

"The hard boom - BP is looking all over the world for this kind of resource and it's being consumed and used up," McCandless said. "It's a worldwide problem. I think we're probably like the flea on the back of an elephant."

McCandless said he wouldn't be surprised if cleanup efforts stretched until Christmas and possibly into 2011.

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