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Summit pushes chemical manufacturing in Miss.

JACKSON, Mississippi — An economist says that Mississippi has an opportunity to compete for energy-thirsty economic development. Louisiana State University Professor David Dismukes was hired by the Mississippi Energy Institute to look at opportunities that might arise from the U.S. boom in natural gas production. At the Governor’s Energy Summit Thursday, Dismukes presented preliminary results from his study. It suggests ...

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Gulf well blows, spews natural gas off La. coast

GULF OF MEXICO — Natural gas flowed uncontrolled from a well off the Louisiana coast today after a blowout that forced the evacuation of 47 workers aboard a drilling rig, authorities said. No injuries or fires were reported. The federal Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said inspectors flying over the site Tuesday saw a light sheen covering an area ...

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City gets royalty payment from oil well

NATCHEZ — The City of Natchez has received $76,500 for its share of royalties from an oil well. Mayor Butch Brown tells the Natchez Democrat the check covers a period from December through May. Alderwoman Joyce Arceneaux-Mathis, in whose ward the well sits, wants aldermen to have a finance committee meeting to determine if the money should be set aside for ...

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Judge to hear BP's complaint about oil spill claims

NEW ORLEANS — A federal judge has scheduled a hearing Friday on BP’s bid to temporarily block settlement payments to Gulf Coast businesses and residents who claim they lost money after the company’s 2010 oil spill. Yesterday, BP asked U.S. District Judge Carl Barbier to suspend the payments while former FBI Director Louis Freeh investigates alleged misconduct by a lawyer ...

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Atmos Energy gets approval to buy natural gas system

ARTESIA — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley has signed an order approving the sale and transfer of the Town of Artesia’s natural gas system to Atmos Energy Corporation. Terms were not disclosed. According to a press release from Presley’s office, the Mississippi Public Service Commission action will result in a 49 percent rate reduction for residents of the Lowndes County ...

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Company uses 'bridge plug' on Gulf gas well

GULF OF MEXICO — A well that seeped natural gas for several days last week has been temporarily plugged, with work still needed to plug it permanently, federal regulators say. The Bureau of Safety and Environmental Enforcement said today that Energy Resource Technology, LLC used a “bridge plug” to isolate the lower part of the well about 75 miles off Louisiana’s ...

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Chaney: Recalled gas cylinders can be deadly

JACKSON – Cylinders manufactured by a Franklin, Tenn.-based company and used largely in the liquefied petroleum gas service are the subject of an emergency recall order from the Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration (PHMSA) of the United States Department of Transportation (DOT), Commissioner of Insurance/State, according to a release from Fire Marshal Mike Chaney. The cylinders, made of a ...

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Oil company not drilling at historic site after local resistance

NATCHEZ — Mayor Butch Brown says a drilling company has changed its mind about drilling for oil on a historic site at Natchez. The Natchez Democrat reports Brown told the Board of Aldermen that Mike Biglane of RMB Exploration has decided not to drill on the historic Arlington property. Brown said he has learned that the project will be moved ...

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New post-oil spill restoration plan lacks requirements

GULF OF MEXICO — There’s now a draft plan for using fines from the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill to restore the Gulf Coast’s natural resources and economy. But the document doesn’t include two items required by federal law: a 10-year allocation plan or a three-year priority list of projects and programs, The Times-Picayune reports. There are several reasons, ...

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