Casinos voice concerns about offshore drilling leases
Published: February 10,2012
Tags: casinos, Conventions, disaster, energy, environment, explosion, gambling, gaming, gas, habitat, hospitality, hotels, leases, lodging, meetings, offshore drilling, Oil, oil rig, oil spill, petroleum, restaurants, seafood, tourism, tourists, visitors, wildlife
MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi casino operators say they trust state leaders that exploration and drilling would be low-key for natural gas and out of sight of most of the mainland.
However, the operators say in a letter to the Mississippi Development Authority, that they don’t want tourist areas overrun by industrial equipment, boats and workers.
The Sun Herald reports the letter was sent to the MDA by lawyers for Beau Rivage, Island View and IP casinos. The Beau Rivage and IP are in Biloxi and the Island View is in Gulfport.
The letter was among those MDA received during a comment period and in public hearings on its draft of offshore leasing and seismic surveying rules.
MDA officials say they will consider the casinos’ concerns and meet with tourism leaders.
To sign up for Mississippi Business Daily Updates, click here.
FOLLOW THE MBJ ON TWITTERMy Tweets
Top Posts & Pages
- DAVID DALLAS: You say “Obama”, I say “Ebola”
- Judge gets more time to fight efforts to remove him from office
- Voters to decide whether hunting, fishing is constitutional right
- Coast cleanup nets 1,600 bags of trash — and a watermelon patch
- MARTIN WILLOUGHBY: Andrew Adams helps grow Addicus
- State's bad bridges continue to raise concerns among officials
- Number of visitors to Natchez Trace makes big jump
- MISSISSIPPI RISING: Time to sell the image
- Epidemiologist: State's hospitals can identify, isolate Ebola cases
- C Spire wins national award, cash prize for marketing analytics