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Corps: New National Wetland Plant List now available

VICKSBURG —The updated National Wetland Plant List (NWPL) is now available, reports the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Vicksburg District. The NWPL plays a critical role in wetland determinations under the Clean Water Act. Wetlands are evaluated using three parameters — soils, hydrology and vegetation. Using sampling protocols outlined in the Regional Supplements to the […] [...]

Invasive cogongrass spreading, overtaking native species

SOUTHWEST MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Department of Agriculture lists cogongrass in its assessment of the world’s worst weeds. The Enterprise-Journal reports the weed has made its way into southwest Mississippi and is overtaking surrounding plant life worse than the more familiar kudzu. Cogongrass came from southeast Asia and was introduced into Florida and southern Louisiana, […] [...]

Barbier gives preliminary approval to BP oil spill settlement

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge yesterday preliminarily approved a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s ruling allows the settlement process to proceed, but he will hold a “fairness hearing” on Nov. 8 […] [...]

Biologist worry over increase in Asian tiger shrimp

GULF OF MEXICO — A big increase in reports of Asian tiger shrimp along the U.S. Southeast coast and in the Gulf of Mexico has federal biologists worried the species is encroaching on native species’ territory. The black-and-white-striped shrimp can grow 13 inches long and weigh a quarter-pound, compared to eight inches and a bit […] [...]

Judge ‘leaning in favor’ of approving class-action settlement of oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in New Orleans said yesterday he is leaning in favor of granting preliminary approval to a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The development comes despite objections from a BP contractor on […] [...]

Judge set to preside over oil spill settlement; Halliburton objects

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge in New Orleans is set to preside over a hearing on a proposed class-action settlement that would resolve billions of dollars in claims against BP over the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP PLC and a team of plaintiffs’ attorneys are seeking U.S. District Judge Carl […] [...]

PSC gives new approval to controversial Kemper power plant

KEMPER COUNTY — The Mississippi Public Service Commission has given new approval for Mississippi Power Co.’s coal-fired power plant in Kemper County, pushing aside opponents call for a fresh look at the plant’s finances. The commission voted 2-1 to approve the $2.4 billion plant today. Southern District Commissioner Leonard Bentz and Central District Commissioner Lynn […] [...]

Fisher: Two post-oil spill restoration projects moving forward

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Two Mississippi projects aimed at restoring marine resources damaged in 2010 by the Deepwater Horizon (DWH) Oil Spill are moving forward as part of Phase I of the DWH Early Restoration Plan/Environmental Assessment (Phase I plan), according to Mississippi trustee Trudy D. Fisher, executive director of the Mississippi Department of Environmental […] [...]

Gulf oil slick breaking up; source still a mystery

GULF OF MEXICO — The Coast Guard says an oil sheen off Louisiana’s coast is breaking up and is much smaller than when it was first spotted. The sheen initially was reported to be about 10 miles long and a mile wide when it was spotted Wednesday about 130 miles southeast of New Orleans. No […] [...]

Shell says oil slick is not coming from its Gulf operations

GULF OF MEXICO — Royal Dutch Shell says it is confident a 10-mile oil sheen spotted in the Gulf of Mexico off the Louisiana coast did not originate from its operations in the area. In a statement today, the company says it found no sign of leaks and ruled out any well-control issues associated with […] [...]

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