Posts Tagged ‘wildlife’

Lawyers: BP lied and withheld information about oil spill

NEW ORLEANS — BP lied to the U.S. government and withheld information about the amount of oil spilling into the Gulf of Mexico after its well blew out in 2010, attorneys told a judge today. But lawyers for the London-based oil giant denied those accusations and said there was no way to prepare for such […] [...]

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. […] [...]

BP asks judge again to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — BP yesterday renewed its request for a federal judge to temporarily suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses following its massive 2010 oil spill, citing a scathing report on alleged misconduct within the court-supervised program. In a court filing, BP attorneys said the report issued earlier this month by former […] [...]

FWS wants new national wildlife refuge on Ross Barnett

JACKSON — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has proposed a new national wildlife refuge at the Ross Barnett Reservoir. The Clarion-Ledger reports that it would include up to 5,000 acres between the reservoir and Lakeland Drive. The Mississippi Department of Transportation owns more than half the land but would give it to Fish and […] [...]

Louisiana firm chosen to manage DMR conservation program

BILOXI — A Louisiana firm has been awarded a $1.2 million, three-year contract to manage a coastal conservation program headquartered at the Mississippi Department of Resources. The Sun Herald reports CSRS, a Baton Rouge-based firm headed by architects and engineers, will manage the final stages of the Coastal Impact Assistance Program, the subject of a […] [...]

BP wants wants cut in oil spill settlement budget

NEW ORLEANS — BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111-million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company’s multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill. In a court filing yesterday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau refused to cut his office’s fourth-quarter budget […] [...]

UPDATE: Legislators learn more about growing wild hog problem

JACKSON, Mississippi — Wild hogs run rampant in parts of Mississippi, and wildlife experts say the state needs to control the destructive beasts. The hogs reproduce often, eat just about anything in their path and can grow to 300 pounds. They’re uprooting crops, destroying farm equipment and tearing up yards. John J. Mayer, a South […] [...]

Researchers find link between habitat and deer antler size

STARKVILLE — Research conducted by Mississippi State University Deer Lab scientists has determined northern deer may have bigger bodies but they don’t necessarily have bigger antlers. The discovery, made by scientists in the university’s Deer Lab, a unit of the Forest and Wildlife Research Center, shows that antler size depends more on diet than latitude. […] [...]

Court reverses decision on BP getting oil spill insurance money

NEW ORLEANS — A federal appeals court has withdrawn its earlier ruling that BP is entitled to a portion of $750 million in coverage under a contractor’s insurance policies to help the London-based oil giant pay for costs associated with its massive 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. A three-judge panel of the […] [...]

Judge refuses to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has rejected BP’s latest request to suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses while former FBI Director Louis Freeh leads an independent investigation of the program, which compensates victims of the company’s 2010 oil spill. U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier’s order today says an internal probe by […] [...]

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