David Hogan addresses fence ordinance

HATTIESBURG, MS. (WDAM) - David Hogan, President of the Forrest County Board of Supervisors, said the county plans to enact an ordinance it passed last September regarding the installation of perimeter fencing, at least five feet in height, around county oil and gas facilities.

The deadline for companies to comply with this measure is mid-June. Hogan explained that many of them are working to comply with the ordinance, but some businesses are challenging it's requirements.

One location where fencing has yet to be installed is at a facility on Phillip White Road in the Carnes Community of Forrest County, where a deadly accident claimed the lives of two teenagers in 2009.

"My heart goes out to those families, and I do anticipate seeing fencing go up at those locations. Now it may take some fining and it may take some legal battles. But I do believe in my heart that eventually there will be fences up around those oil well sites," said Hogan.

Hogan said he doesn't anticipate an extension regarding the June 2011 deadline for complying with this ordinance. The penalty for offenders is a misdemeanor punishable by a one thousand dollar a day fine.

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