By Maggie Wade - bio| email
JACKSON, MS (WLBT) - A Bay St. Louis business owner says his company and dozens of others in South Mississippi have not been paid for work done in the aftermath of the BP oil spill.
Ricky Myers, owner of Rhino Construction, says he and other subcontractors paid their workers but only received partial payment for services.
Myers says the companies provided the workers who cleaned up tar balls along the 26 miles of Mississippi Gulf Coast beaches for almost 9 months.
Myers believes as much as 200 million dollars is owed to sub-contractors.
Myers held a press conference Tuesday at the State Capitol, but is not blaming BP.
Instead Myers says the fault lies with the company hired to manage the entire clean up process, O'Brien's Response Management.
"We would love to see B-P go to O'Brien's and tell them to pay their subcontractors right now. That would probably keep some businesses from closing along the Gulf Coast", said Myers.
Myers says Gov. Haley Barbour has talked with BP about freeing up the payments but so far that has not worked. He is hoping the companies can also get help from state lawmakers.
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Sources say the man came into the restaurant with his family, got up and left, then drove his car into the building.