Posts Tagged ‘habitat’

First post-spill offshore oil and gas lease auction brings $1.7B

GULF OF MEXICO — The federal government’s first auction of offshore petroleum leases in the same area where the Deepwater Horizon exploded in 2010 brought in $1.7 billion in winning bids yesterday, prompting Interior Department Secretary Ken Salazar to declare great strides are being made to get drilling back on track in the Gulf of […] [...]

Commission wants NOAA to reconsider proposed TED rule for shrimpers

BILOXI — The Mississippi Commission on Marine Resources has asked the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration to conduct more studies before implementing a rule requiring turtle excluder devices on shrimp skimmer trawlers operating in state waters. On June 6, NOAA’s Marine Fisheries Service held a hearing in D’Iberville on a proposed rule to require the […] [...]

Coast Guard investigating oil sheen on river; says El Toro plant the source

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The Coast Guard says workers are using boom to contain a 17-mile-long sheen on the Mississippi River near Fort Adams in Wilkinson County. No environmental damage has been reported and the river remained open to shipping. The Coast Guard says the substance — spotted by a Coast Guard patrol yesterday — is […] [...]

Warren Paving seeks permit for work on Industrial Seaway

GULFPORT — Warren Paving Inc. has filed an application with the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) requesting permission to conduct regulated activities under the provision of the Coastal Wetlands Protection Law Act, Title 49, Chapter 27, Mississippi Code of 1972. Warren is proposing to carry out construction activities to support barge loading/unloading and shoreline […] [...]

EPA approves emergency exemption for state’s cotton farmers

JACKSON — The Environmental Protection Agency has approved an emergency exemption that will help farmers in the Mississippi Delta control tarnished plant bugs in cotton, according to Mississippi Agriculture Commissioner Cindy Hyde-Smith. The tarnished plant bug has become one of the most damaging pests of cotton in recent years, responsible for an estimated $81 million […] [...]

Timberland near Camp Shelby added to MSU’s Bulldog Forest

FORREST COUNTY — A 352-acre tract of Forrest County timberland is now part of Mississippi State University’s Bulldog Forest program and the state’s only Army Compatible Use Buffer-designated property. Known as the Davis and Ann Mortensen Forest, the area is located in proximity to Camp Shelby, and is a joint project between MSU, MSU Foundation, […] [...]

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 […] [...]

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