Home » Tag Archives: ecosystem (page 9)

Tag Archives: ecosystem

Coast Guard lacks assets to respond to emergency on river

VICKSBURG — After a two-barge tow carrying 1.5 million gallons of oil hit the U.S. Highway 80 bridge in the early morning hours of Jan. 27, Coast Guard officials had to rely on a Vicksburg industry to respond. “We don’t have a specific search and rescue presence here in Vicksburg,” said Lt. Cmdr. Rebecca Walthour of the Coast Guard’s Vicksburg ...

Read More »

Towboat company paying for post-accident bridge inspection

VICKSBURG — A towboat company that owns the barges that struck a Mississippi River bridge in Vicksburg will be billed $2,200 for the span’s post-accident inspection. A two-barge tow pushed by the towboat Natures Way Endeavor, based in Theodore, Ala., struck the bridge at about 1 a.m. Jan. 27, causing one of the barges to leak 7,000 gallons of crude ...

Read More »

USDA to spend $59M on Mississippi River initiative

MISSISSIPPI RIVER — The U.S. Department of Agriculture says it’s spending another $59 million this year on an initiative that works with farmers and other landowners to reduce pollution in the Mississippi River basin. The agency says the new funding raises its total investment in the Mississippi River Basin Healthy Watersheds initiative to about $289 million since 2010. The initiative ...

Read More »

Wild hogs continue to hurt economy, ecosystem

ACROSS MISSISSIPPI — Mississippi’s rapidly growing wild hog population is cutting its own destructive swath through the state, and along the way exacting a heavy toll on the state’s ecosystem. Wild hogs, sometimes referred to as feral pigs, are swine that were once domesticated and were released or escaped into the wild. Their ability to reproduce quickly and insatiable appetite ...

Read More »

Judge accepts Transocean's oil spill agreement

NEW ORLEANS  — A federal judge has approved Transocean Ltd.’s agreement with the Justice Department to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge and pay $400 million in criminal penalties for its role in the 2010 Gulf of Mexico oil spill. U.S. District Judge Jane Triche Milazzo accepted Transocean’s plea and imposed the agreed-upon sentence during a hearing today. The Swiss-based ...

Read More »

Congressmen call for halt to demolition of oil rigs

GULF OF MEXICO — Congressmen from Mississippi and Alabama want the Department of Interior to stop demolishing inactive offshore oil rigs until more study details the dangers to Gulf of Mexico fish species. Reps. Steven Palazzo, R-Miss., and Jo Bonner, R-Ala., in a letter this past week to Interior Secretary Ken Salazar, said the program is killing tens of thousands of ...

Read More »

Company accused of dumping oil in Gulf of Mexico

GULF OF MEXICO — The Justice Department is suing a Houston, Texas-based company it accuses of illegally discharging oil from a platform in the Gulf of Mexico. The federal lawsuit says ATP Oil & Gas Corp.’s alleged Clean Water Act violations were discovered during an Interior Department inspection in March 2012. The suit claims ATP failed to properly operate and ...

Read More »

Agency asking for help in tracking turkey populations

JACKSON — The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Parks is seeking information from hunters to keep track of turkey populations in the state. Adam Butler, wild turkey program biologist, said the spring gobbler hunter survey is one of the most reliable data sets used to monitor Mississippi turkeys. Currently, more than 1,200 turkey hunters participate in the program, but ...

Read More »

Company pleads guilty to charges from paper mill spill

PEARL RIVER — A company that owned a Bogalusa paper mill has pleaded guilty to charges stemming from an August 2011 spill of pulp byproducts into the Pearl River that killed more than 500,000 fish. Austin, Texas-based Temple Inland faces a maximum fine of $200,000 for its guilty plea to violating the Clean Water Act. The company faces additional fines ...

Read More »

Duck study could shape conservation, management programs

MISSISSIPPI DELTA — Results from a Mississippi State University study of mallard ducks in the state’s South Delta revealed information that could help shape conservation and habitat management programs. For several years, Brian Davis, assistant professor in MSU’s Department of Wildlife, Fisheries and Aquaculture and researcher in MSU’s Forest and Wildlife Research Center, has been studying how mallards use the ...

Read More »