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Kemper plant makes power with gas from coal for first time

Mississippi Power Co. says that the power plant it’s building in Kemper County has generated electricity using gas produced from coal for the first time. Atlanta-based Southern Co., the utility’s parent company, announced that the electricity was generated during a test Wednesday. The company says it used both the part of the plant that turns soft lignite coal into a ...

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Gulfport meeting unleashes flood of ideas for BP money

Mississippi Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves has held the first of three town hall meetings to talk about how to spend $750 million in Deepwater Horizon oil disaster money. Local media outlets report Reeves got his first answers Thursday in Gulfport when a couple hundred people showed up. Some people made specific requests — money for the Great Southern Golf Club ...

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USDA describes $328M oil spill restoration plan for Gulf

CARRIERE, Miss. — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s focusing conservation programs along the Gulf of Mexico in a $328 million plan to help recovery from the 2010 oil spill. Undersecretary Robert Bonnie says the agency will use that focus through 2018 as it helps coastal producers plan improvements to improve water quality and improve coastal ecosystems under several ...

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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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