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Settlement reached in lawsuit over decade-old Gulf oil leak

NEW ORLEANS — Environmental groups and a New Orleans company that failed to end a decade-old oil leak in the Gulf of Mexico have reached a settlement agreement in a lawsuit over the slow-motion spill. Taylor Energy Company said Thursday it has agreed under the settlement to spend $400,000 to foster coastal research and will host a public forum and ...

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Mississippi Phosphates set to plead guilty in pollution case

GULFPORT — A Gulf Coast fertilizer manufacturer will plead guilty Aug. 19 to federal allegation of violating the Clean Water Act by polluting waterways. The government said Mississippi Phosphates killed fish and destroyed marshy areas around Bayou Casotte in Pascagoula. James B. Tucker, an attorney representing Mississippi Phosphates, told The Sun Herald he will enter a guilty plea on behalf ...

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D’Iberville settles with BP for nearly $1 million

D’IBERVILLE — The city of D’Iberville didn’t see any oil on its shores from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill, but the city shared in the economic woes that followed the spill and will share in the BP settlement. City Manager Bobby Eleuterius tells The Sun Herald the mayor and city council on Tuesday agreed to accept just over $948,000 ...

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Biloxi settles with BP for $4.9 million

BILOXI — The city of Biloxi is accepting $4.9 million from BP as part of a group settlement of local government claims for economic losses caused by the 2010 BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. Last week, BP and five coastal states announced a deal to provide $18.7 billion in new money to the states. The company said ...

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Ole Miss earthquake expert explains Madison tremors

Although Mississippi residents are unaccustomed to earthquakes, such as the 3.2 magnitude earthquake that shook Madison County the morning of June 29, the state is no stranger to earthquakes, said Charles Swann, associate director for state programs at the Mississippi Mineral Resources Institute. Swann’s research on earthquakes at the MMRI shows that the state has a number of epicenters running ...

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Texas leads multistate suit against EPA over water rule

HOUSTON — Texas, Louisiana and Mississippi have sued the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and Army Corps of Engineers in Houston federal court over a rule that they say strips them of jurisdiction over water. In a separate case filed Monday, 13 states are also seeking to have the rule overturned. The May rule would greatly expand federal authority under the ...

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$66K owed, president of defunct business may have to testify

GULFPORT — A business that made false statements to Stennis Space Center about concrete-stress tests has failed to make payments on a judgment of $66,671, federal court documents show. The Sun Herald reports that federal prosecutors want an accounting from company president Robert C. Miller. A judge has not ruled on the request. The money includes restitution and fines against ...

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