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Environmentalists question MDA's numbers on offshore drilling

GULF OF MEXICO — The Sierra Club and other members of the 12 Miles South Coalition say Mississippi is rushing toward drilling in state waters without addressing concerns about tourism, the environment or economics. The group tells The Sun Herald the Mississippi Development Authority appears to be using questionable numbers touting the economic benefits from offshore drilling for natural gas, ...

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Casinos voice concerns about offshore drilling leases

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Mississippi casino operators say they trust state leaders that exploration and drilling would be low-key for natural gas and out of sight of most of the mainland. However, the operators say in a letter to the Mississippi Development Authority, that they don’t want tourist areas overrun by industrial equipment, boats and workers. The Sun Herald reports ...

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Former Georgia-Pacific plant destroyed in blaze; no injuries reported

GLOSTER — A fire has destroyed the former Georgia-Pacific paper mill in Gloster. The Natchez Democrat reports fire units from several counties and Louisiana responded to the fire. Amite County fire coordinator Sam Walsh says the plant was engulfed in flames when firefighters arrived. There were no injuries because workers had already left. The mill closed in 2002, leaving 300 ...

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FEMA develops plan to waive repayment of improper disaster assistance

WASHINGTON — The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) has developed a plan to waive recoupment of improper disaster assistance payments that were disbursed due to government error, according to U.S. Senators Mary L. Landrieu, D-La., Mark Pryor, D-Ark., and Thad Cochran, R-Miss. Next week, FEMA will send letters to 90,000 affected individuals and households informing them they may be eligible ...

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Post-hurricane season oil spill inspections complete

GULF COAST — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality reports the post-hurricane season shoreline oil spill inspections for Mississippi have been completed. These inspections were conducted to ensure that no additional oil impacts occurred as a result of storms passing through the Gulf of Mexico during the 2011 hurricane season. In Mississippi, 111 shoreline segments, consisting of approximately 40 miles, were ...

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MDA receives comments on proposed regulations for offshore drilling leases

GULF OF MEXICO — Mississippi officials say they have received 185 comments on proposed regulations to lease state waters in the Gulf for the drilling. Mississippi Development Authority spokesman Dan Turner told The Mississippi Press just a handful of the comments addressed the draft rules and regulations on offshore seismic surveying and leasing. “There were some emails that said, ‘drill ...

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Fire destroys cabinet shop; owner says business will reopen

D’IBERVILLE — The owner of a D’Iberville cabinet shop that was destroyed by fire says the family business will be operating again soon. Bobby Grimes Jr., made the vow yesterday after the fire destroyed the Grimes Cabinets & Tops building. The Grimes family already has a building ready to house the business. They built it in 2005 after their original ...

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Judge rules BP contract shields Hallibuton from oil spill damages

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge ruled yesterday that Halliburton could avoid paying most of the pollution claims that resulted from the catastrophic 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill because it was shielded in a contract with well-owner BP. Still, U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier said that Halliburton is not exempt from paying punitive damages and civil penalties that arise ...

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Six counties eligible for SBA disaster recovery loans

NORTH MISSISSIPPI — The U.S. Small Business Administration is reminding small businesses that Feb. 24 is the filing deadline for federal economic injury disaster loans available in Alcom, Benton, DeSoto, Marshall, Tippah and Tishomingo counties in Mississippi.  The SBA declared a disaster because of severe storms, tornadoes, straight-line winds and flooding that began April 23, 2011. “These counties are eligible ...

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