Two Forrest County deaths focus of the danger of oil sites

CARNES, MS (WDAM) - The deaths of two Forrest County teenagers late last year is now the focus of a federal agency which is aiming to highlight the dangers of oil sites.

In a trailer video put out by the U.S. Chemical Safety and Hazard Investigation Board, family and friends of Wade White and Devon Byrd talk about the dangers of hanging out around oil sites.

It was one of those natural gas sites in the Carnes community where White and Byrd were killed after one of the tanks they were near exploded.

The agency says the purpose of the video is to educate teenagers and to serve as a call for the sites to be secured with fences and gates, as well as to post signage.

State Senator Billy Hudson says he plans on introducing legislation requiring oil companies to do just that.

Tuesday, the CSB will release the entire video at a news conference followed by a community screening at 7 p.m.  to be held at the Hilton Garden Inn in Hattiesburg.