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Bryant hires ex-MDEQ leader Fisher as consultant

JACKSON — Gov. Phil Bryant has hired the former director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality as a consultant. The contract with Trudy Fisher, dated Sept. 5, says she will advise the governor on energy policy, environmental and restoration policy and provide support in court cases. The agreement is good for six months and […] [...]

Treasury okays rule for dividing oil spill recovery trust funds

GULF COAST — The U.S. Treasury Department says it has cleared the way for Gulf Coast state and local governments to begin applying for recovery grants through a federal RESTORE Act trust fund fed with civil penalties arising from the 2010 BP oil spill. A department statement says that, so far, the trust fund has […] [...]

Ergon expanding Vicksburg refinery, spending $150M

VICKSBURG — Ergon Inc. says it will spend $150 million to expand its Vicksburg refinery. The Flowood-based private company said yesterday that it would enhance parts of the refinery and expand its tank farm. It said the changes, in addition to allowing it to make more products, would allow Ergon to feed the refinery with […] [...]

Midla strikes agreement in principal on aging pipeline

NATCHEZ — American Midstream Midla, LLC, a subsidiary of American Midstream Partners, LP, has reached an agreement in principle regarding Midla’s interstate pipeline that traverses Louisiana and Mississippi. Parties involved reached the agreement in principle in order to provide continued service to Midla’s customers while addressing safety concerns with the existing pipeline. Midla and the […] [...]

KiOR denies ex-director’s claims of problems with company’s technology

COLUMBUS — A former director of biofuel maker KiOR says he tried to warn other board members about problems with KiOR’s technology to turn wood chips into an oil substitute, claims that could damage the company’s defense in shareholder lawsuits and a Securities and Exchange Commission investigation. KiOR denies Paul O’Connor’s claims, saying he was […] [...]

Worker dies in oil rig accident in Southwest Mississippi

BROOKHAVEN — A Brookhaven man has died in a work-related accident on an oil rig in Lincoln County. County Coroner Clay McMorris says 22-year-old Chase D. Curtice was working on the rig Monday when he was struck by a pipe. The accident occurred about 9:30 p.m. about two miles northeast of Brookhaven. Curtice was taken […] [...]

Co-Lin gets $2M-plus to support oil industry at port

WESSON — Copiah-Lincoln Community College will use $2 million over the next three years to help train diesel mechanics to support southwest Mississippi’s growing oil industry and operations at the port of Natchez. The U.S. Labor Department is giving $10 million total to four community colleges to improve training of automotive technicians. Other colleges getting […] [...]

Kemper County plant’s costs continue to rise; completion delayed again

KEMPER COUNTY — Southern Co. said yesterday that it will cost at least another $59 million to finish the power plant it’s building in eastern Mississippi’s Kemper County, pushing the total cost above $5.6 billion. The Atlanta-based parent of Mississippi Power Co. also announced that the work on the parts of the plant that will […] [...]

4-County Electric gets smart grid product from ACS

COLUMBUS — 4-County Electric Power has reached an agreement with Association Advanced Control Systems (ACS), a global provider of smart grid solutions, to install ACS’ PRISM SCADA system to better serve the cooperative’s 46,000 members in eastern Mississippi. “We selected ACS based upon their longevity, stability and their successful history of serving electrical cooperatives with […] [...]

Judge: Businesses shouldn’t repay oil spill settlement money

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has ruled that BP must stand by the agreement made with the companies it compensated for losses after the 2010 Gulf oil spill despite the oil giant saying some claims were overestimated. BP argued that a flawed funding formula enabled nearly 800 businesses to overestimate their spill-related claims. One […] [...]

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