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Drilling raises some hope for return of Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil

By JACK WEATHERLY The drilling of a few oil wells in southwest Mississippi and the recovery of the price of crude have awakened hopes, however slight, of a revitalization of the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale “play.” Prices plunged from about $100 in mid-2014 to the low point of around $40 by the end of that year. But the price of West ...

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Entergy Mississippi, Recurrent Energy partner on Sunflower County solar site

The sunlight that fuels cotton, corn and soybean growth in the Mississippi Delta will soon fuel a 100-megawatt solar energy farm. This project will be the largest utility-owned solar farm in the state, pending approval of the Mississippi Public Service Commission. The project will be built by Canadian Solar Inc. (“Canadian Solar”) (NASDAQ: CSIQ) subsidiary Recurrent Energy, LLC (“Recurrent Energy”) ...

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First new oil wells in years being drilled in shale region

An Australian company is drilling new wells in an oil formation that straddles southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana, the first new wells drilled in about three years, after a crash in oil prices dried up activity. Australis Oil & Gas Ltd. announced earlier this month that it had started drilling the first of at least six planned wells near Gillsburg, ...

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Ex-director utility says he will fight part of audit demand

A former director of a city-owned utility says he will fight the Mississippi auditor’s demand that he repay a severance package. Auditor Shad White says Tuesday that his office is demanding $78,613 from former state Sen. Kenny Wayne Jones, who worked for Canton Municipal Utilities from 2016 until January 2018. The auditor says severance pay to public officials is illegal. ...

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Entergy named a national leader in economic development

For the 11th straight year, Site Selection magazine has named Entergy a Top 10 utility in economic development nationally. The accolade is for Entergy’s role in projects that resulted in some $4.25 billion of capital investment and the creation of more than 4,688 jobs in its service territory in 2017. Over the 11 year stretch, Entergy has been directly involved ...

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Final investment decision has not been made on proposed $8 billion LNG export facility

By BECKY GILLETTE GEORGE FREELAND Gulf LNG Energy invested $1.1 billion in a facility in Pascagoula to import liquified natural gas (LNG), which is natural gas cooled down to liquid form to make it easier to transport. Two tanker shipments of LNG were offloaded at the facility in 2011. But then the energy world turned upside down. Shale gas production ...

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Senate approves bill dividing $700M in oil spill damages

Mississippi senators late Tuesday approved a bill to divide up $700 million in oil spill damages, setting aside more than $100 million overall for special projects. The Senate voted 42-8 in favor of the bill after only brief debate that included one senator reading the entire list of 128 earmarked projects. The measure moves to the House for more debate, ...

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Fuel spills into river at Mississippi ship builder

Hundreds of gallons of diesel fuel spilled into a river in Mississippi after a mechanical error at a ship builder. WLOX-TV reported the fuel spilled into the mouth of the Pascagoula River from a ship at Ingalls Shipbuilding. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality says about 500 gallons of fuel spilled into the water early Saturday afternoon. The spill occurred ...

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Talks loom on dividing Mississippi’s oil spill damage money

Mississippi lawmakers are trying to determine how $700 million in oil spill damage payments should be divided, and who should spend the money. Legislators were working on answers Wednesday, a day before the start of a special session, even though Gov. Phil Bryant didn’t include the issue on a list of items to be considered. Bryant spokesman Clay Chandler dividing ...

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