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Auctioneer, oil field service firm watch price of crude

By JACK WEATHERLY In the past two years, coinciding with the downturn in oil and natural gas exploration in the country, equipment sales have grown to 15 to 20 percent of Jeff Martin Auctions’ business. Owner Jeff Martin declined to reveal the revenues for his operation in Brooklyn, Miss., near Hattiesburg, but said it has become the largest such auction ...

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CORRECTED UPDATE: Players in Tuscaloosa shale tread water, wait for market to return

By JACK WEATHERLY  The Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation has languished since the cratering of oil prices in mid-2014. The “play” in southwest Mississippi and southeast Louisiana is not alone in its struggle to stay alive. Operators there and elsewhere in the United States have pulled back since the price of oil dropped from about $100 a barrel to less than ...

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The ‘Blue Economy’ to get a boost with $10M Marine Science Facility at Port of Gulfport

By BECKY GILLETTE GULFPORT — It has been estimated that 35 percent of the Coast’s economy is based on maritime businesses like shipbuilding, transportation, fishing and tourism. And now what has been dubbed the “Blue Economy” will get another boost with the construction of a new $10-million Marine Science Facility that will be built by the Port of Gulfport for the University of ...

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Biloxi to join lawsuit seeking more oil spill money

Biloxi plans to join a class-action lawsuit against other companies besides BP that were involved in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. The Sun Herald reports that the City Council on Tuesday hired attorneys to file a claim in a class-action lawsuit under the HESI/Transocean Settlement Program. The newspaper reports that potential claims will be filed against Halliburton Energy ...

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PPM Consultants adds Hess

Jere “Trey” Hess, former Chief of the Groundwater Assessment and Remediation Division for the Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality, has accepted a position as Director of Brownfields and Economic Development with PPM Consultants in Jackson. Hess spent nearly 24 years with MDEQ after studying mechanical engineering and business at Mississippi State University. Hess holds a Bachelor of Science in mechanical ...

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Ziegler joins Waggoner

Jennifer Sloan Ziegler has joined Waggoner Engineering as an engineering intern in the firm’s water resources and coastal programs department. Ziegler will lend her water resources and coastal restoration research experience in the Gulf of Mexico region, combined with her environmental and public policy expertise, to serve Waggoner’s state and local agency clients on environment and infrastructure programs and projects. ...

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Mississippi set to get first $150M from oil spill settlement

Mississippi is about to receive the first $150 million for economic damages from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. Attorney General Jim Hood says the payment from BP is expected Friday. Under a multistate oil spill settlement, Mississippi is to receive almost $2.2 billion. About $1.5 billion is for environmental restoration and economic development. The Legislature will decide how ...

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MSU landscape architect honored

The National Association of Landscape Professionals Academic Excellence Foundation has named a Mississippi State landscape architecture associate professor Tim Schauwecker as the 2016 Outstanding Educator of the Year. As a scientist in the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, Schauwecker recently helped one of the largest global automotive manufacturers take steps to benefit the environment. His work at Toyota Motor ...

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300 gallons of diesel spill at Port of Gulfport

Environmental officials say they expect no more problems after 300 gallons of diesel fuel was spilled at the state Port of Gulfport’s East Pier. About 5 a.m. Wednesday, the Coast Guard was notified there had been a spill at the Gulfport Harbor. Lt. Elizabeth Tatum tells The Sun Herald the spill occurred during the transfer of fuel from a barge ...

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Southern Miss sets up new marine education, research program

The University of Southern Mississippi is hoping to step up its place in marine education and research with the formation of a new school. The School of Ocean Science and Technology, housed within the College of Science and Technology, brings together marine-related research and education programs under one administration and harnesses elements from key areas of the university including the ...

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