Posts Tagged ‘wetlands’

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 […] [...]

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 […] [...]

Commission to continue support of Canadian waterfowl program

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks (MDWFP) Commission has elected to continue its involvement in the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies’ state grants program. Contributions to the program support habitat conservation for waterfowl in Canada. MDWFP will contribute $100,000 through Ducks Unlimited to conserve waterfowl breeding ground habitat in Saskatchewan. […] [...]

Trial rescheduled of Alabama man accused of wetlands violations

HANCOCK COUNTY — The trial date has changed for William R. Miller, a Fairhope, Ala., real estate developer accused of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County. U.S. District Judge Walter J. Gex III recused himself from hearing the case in July for unspecified reasons. The Sun Herald reports Judge Louis Guirola Jr. […] [...]

Alabama developer’s wetlands trial reset for October

HANCOCK COUNTY — An Alabama real estate developer’s trial on federal charges of wetlands and Clean Water Act violations in Hancock County has been changed to Oct. 7 because of problems brought on by budget cuts. The Sun Herald reports the trial of William R. Miller, of Fairhope, Ala., was set for last week but […] [...]

Pipeline cutting through wetlands to Chevron plant

JACKSON COUNTY — Heavy machinery is cutting wide ditches through 41 miles of wetlands in Jackson County. The Sun Herald reports that Plains Southcap ,LLC of Mobile, Ala., is getting its two-foot-wide pipeline for crude oil into the ground rapidly. The pipeline’s path runs from 10 miles northwest of Mobile through eastern Jackson County to […] [...]

Federal audit finds millions in grants misspent at MDMR

BILOXI — A federal audit has found millions in grant money administered by the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources was misspent. The government said MDMR and the counties of Hancock, Harrison, and Jackson were awarded 100 Coastal Impact Assistance Program grants from the U.S. Department of Interior totaling $99.8 million from fiscal year 2009 through […] [...]

Real estate company paying $1M for compromising wetlands

HANCOCK COUNTY — A Mississippi corporation has pleaded guilty to illegally filling wetlands near Bay St. Louis. Hancock County Land, LLC entered the plea yesterday and agreed to pay a $1-million fine and take remedial measures for two felony violations of the Clean Water Act., said U.S. Attorney Gregory K. Davis and Assistant U.S. Attorney […] [...]

MSU study: Residents willing to pay for coastal restoration

GULF COAST — A new survey Mississippi State University finds more than 60 percent of Americans are willing to pay to restore Louisiana’s rapidly eroding Barataria-Terrebonne estuary. The Courier reports the survey found that respondents were willing to pay between $909 and $1,751 per household for coastal restoration projects. Added up, that could generate between […] [...]

Lab plans major expansion, including education center

OCEAN SPRINGS — The Gulf Coast Research Laboratory is growing, with near-term plans to open an 8,300-square-foot, four-classroom and lab addition in May and long-term plans to erect an $18-million Marine Education Center. The Mississippi Press reports the Marine Education Center is the education and outreach arm of the lab, and both are part of […] [...]

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