Posts Tagged ‘ecosystem’

Gulf gas well spewing; no injuries, pollution reported

GULF OF MEXICO — Crews lost control of a natural gas well being drilled off the Louisiana coast yesterday, but officials said no injuries or pollution have been reported and efforts are underway to stop the flow of gas. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement says most crew members were evacuated from the rig, […] [...]

Environmental group goes to court over sewage discharges

HATTIESBURG — The Gulf Restoration Network has asked a federal judge to hold the City of Hattiesburg liable under the Clean Water Act for releasing improperly treated sewage into the Leaf and Bouie rivers. The Hattiesburg American reports that the motion was filed in federal court Jan. 7, two days before the city entered into […] [...]

Alabama developer pleads guilty to wetlands violations

HANCOCK COUNTY — A real estate developer accused of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County has pleaded guilty in federal court. The U.S. Department of Justice, in a news release, said William R. “Rusty” Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., pleaded yesterday to the unpermitted filling of wetlands near Bay St. Louis, in violation […] [...]

Hunters urged to help fight wild hog population

PONTOTOC —  Most deer hunters will not encounter wild hogs, but if they do, wildlife biologists want them to be prepared. At a recent wild hog seminar in Pontotoc, wildlife biologists emphasized the trouble these disease-carrying pests can cause human and wildlife populations. Speakers addressed the environmental impacts, the threats to fawns and ground-nesting birds, […] [...]

Real estate developer to plead guilty to wetlands violation

HANCOCK COUNTY — A real estate developer set for trial on charges of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County has notified court officials he plans to plead guilty to a reduced charge. Federal court records show William R. “Rusty” Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., plans to accept a plea agreement on a charge […] [...]

Bid let for Signet Maritime containment slab

PASCAGOULA — The Jackson County Board of Supervisors and the Port of Pascagoula approved using federal Katrina money to build a containment slab at a shipyard in Pascagoula. The project, called an environmental slab, will be a concrete slab about 55,000 square feet, according to port officials, and will cover and contain contamination at Signet […] [...]

Officials release fish fingerlings in state lakes

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks has added more than half a million crappie and coppernose bluegill to lakes around the state. A news release says two Delta oxbow lakes were stocked with 283,000 bluegill. About 179,000 went to Bee Lake in Holmes County and 104,000 to Moon Lake in […] [...]

Oil spill trial begins look into how much oil leaked into Gulf

NEW ORLEANS — The focus of a trial over BP’s 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico has shifted to the multibillion-dollar question of how much crude gushed from BP’s blown-out well. Lawyers for BP and the federal government began Monday presenting U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier with conflicting scientific theories to explain their […] [...]

Deer population having impact on farmland yields

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — While hunters may see Mississippi’s 1.75 million white-tailed deer as potential antlers on their walls, many farmers see reduced crop yields instead. Bronson Strickland, associate Extension professor in the Mississippi State University Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture, said the impact of Mississippi’s deer population varies depending on who is asked. “It’s […] [...]

Scientists warn of possible water shortages; work on solutions

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — When water runs clear and fast from a tap, it’s often hard to believe there could be a challenge for individuals, farmers and communities to keep it clean and plentiful. Joe Street, associate director of the Mississippi State University Extension Service, warned that water supplies could be depleted, even in the South, […] [...]

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