Rep. Gene Taylor (D-Miss.), a former Coast Guard reservist, this week
offered his own plan to stop the Gulf of Mexico oil spill from wrecking
his state's coastline.
Taylor shared his plan in a letter sent Thursday to BP CEO Tony Heyward, Coast Guard Adm. Thad Allen and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour.
Taylor called for those in charge of the response to "coordinate the efforts to locate any approaching oil and to deploy vessels with the clearly defined mission to collect the oil prior to it reaching Mississippi's islands, beaches, or estuaries."
He laid out a three-layered response plan: