Sen. Hudson to host oil storage tank hearing

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Hattiesburg state senator Billy Hudson is hosting a hearing in Jackson Thursday to discuss ways to make the areas surrounding oil storage tanks less dangerous. Hudson plans to introduce a bill in the upcoming legislative session that would prevent accidents like the one that took the lives of south Forrest County children Devon Byrd and Phillip White last year.

They were killed when an oil storage tank exploded on October 31, 2009.

Hudson says a number of required safety measures could be a part of the bill, including perimeter fencing and warning signs.

"The need for it is to be fair to all sides, we need to hear from everybody and then try to introduce a bill that will come out of committee and that we can get passed on the Senate floor and passed in the House," Hudson said.

The hearing is set for 9 a.m. Thursday in room 216 of the State Capitol.

Hudson says parents, State Oil and Gas Board members, emergency management personnel and law enforcement officials are expected to attend.

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