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BP fund pays $5B-plus, but only $387M to Mississippi

GULF COAST — The administrator of the fund BP set up to compensate victims of last year’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico says the fund has paid more than $5 billion in claims. Kenneth Feinberg made the announcement today in a summary of payouts from the $20-billion fund. Feinberg said in a news release that the Gulf Coast ...

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Material on island not oil, but new sheen found

GULF OF MEXICO — The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) has released testing results done on suspected oil spill material found on Deer Island recently. However, a new oil sheen discovered in the Gulf of Mexico from a mystery source has raised new concerns. The results determined that the material was not oil and not a product of the ...

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Feinberg wants oil spill case heard in federal court

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — The administrator of BP’s $20-billion oil spill fund wants a federal court to preside over a Mississippi lawsuit instead of the state court where the suit was filed. Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood has said Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg isn’t properly handling the fund for oil spill victims. Hood filed a lawsuit in Hinds County Chancery ...

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Oil spill residue still found on Barrier Islands

MISSISSIPPI GULF COAST — Dark-amber mats of oil as big as a large man’s foot sit on the sand 10 feet from the water, and farther inland along the beaches of Horn Island’s west end. In the heat, they break apart like firm cookie dough — and smell like the floor of a mechanic shop. Along the north shore yesterday, ...

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Researchers get emergency funds for oil spill work

GULF OF MEXICO — A competitive funding grant from the Gulf Research Initiative is helping Mississippi State University scientists collect important data about the status of salt marshes impacted by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. The nearly $81,000 stop-gap award will underwrite the project for three months until the consortium’s larger grants reach researchers this fall. “Our project is to ...

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USM applying for oil dispersant patent

A team of polymer science professors from the University of Southern Mississippi have made headlines recently with their new biodegradable oil dispersant that won’t stick to birds or beaches. They have caught the attention of National Geographic and most recently NBC Learn. The USM team – consisting of Dr. Robert Lochhead, Dr. Daniel Savin and Dr. Sarah Morgan — received ...

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MBJ Editorial: Bryant the man to build bridges, hoist state from depths

This publication has been more than critical of Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant in many areas, particularly during his run for governor, for which he will go head-to-head with Dave Dennis, Hudson Holliday and Ron Williams on Aug. 2 in the Republican primary. Insiders admit to us that he has deserved much of the criticism. His guffaws are numerous, but when ...

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Hood suing BP oil spill fund administrator

JACKSON — Mississippi’s attorney general has sued the administrator of BP’s $20-billion oil spill fund to get access to claims filed by coastal residents. Jim Hood said yesterday that he has tried to negotiate with the fund’s administrator, Washington lawyer Kenneth Feinberg. He says he’s seeking to make the process more transparent so people will know if Feinberg is looking ...

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