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Gas utility to build pipelines to industrial parks

EAST MISSISSIPPI — Atmos Energy will begin construction of 23 miles of natural gas pipelines next year to three industrial parks in East Mississippi. The company and Central District Public Service Commissioner Lynn Posey made the announcement yesterday in Meridian. The three industrial sites that will receive the pipeline service are the Sonny Montgomery Industrial Park, the I-20/59 Industrial Park ...

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BP asks judge again to suspend oil spill settlement payments

NEW ORLEANS — BP yesterday renewed its request for a federal judge to temporarily suspend settlement payments to Gulf Coast residents and businesses following its massive 2010 oil spill, citing a scathing report on alleged misconduct within the court-supervised program. In a court filing, BP attorneys said the report issued earlier this month by former FBI director Louis Freeh shows ...

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BP wants wants cut in oil spill settlement budget

NEW ORLEANS — BP has urged a federal judge to reject a $111-million budget request by the court-supervised administrator of the company’s multibillion-dollar settlement with Gulf Coast businesses and residents following its 2010 Gulf oil spill. In a court filing yesterday, BP attorneys said claims administrator Patrick Juneau refused to cut his office’s fourth-quarter budget request by at least $25.5 ...

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Presley pushing to block MEI payment by Mississippi Power customers

JACKSON — Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is pushing to have $45,000 paid by Mississippi Power Company for membership to the Mississippi Energy Institute, a group recently promoting nuclear waste storage in Mississippi, excluded from payment by electric customers on the Gulf Coast. Presley raised the issue yesterday in the Commission’s regular business meeting in Jackson. “If the Mississippi Energy ...

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Still no new filings in Entergy-ITC merger

JACKSON — Almost a month after Entergy Corp. and ITC Holdings Corp. withdrew their merger application in Texas, they haven’t refiled. Since then, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi have delayed consideration of the merger. “We’re wanting to see where Texas goes on this,” said Eric Skrmetta, chairman of the Louisiana Public Service Commission. Observers say the delays almost certainly mean the ...

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Natural gas discoveries, climate keep prices down

New hydraulic fracturing technologies for recovering natural gas have changed the entire landscape regarding the availability and price of natural gas. That has been good news for residential consumers, businesses and manufacturers. “Over the past two years our cost of gas has decreased by 23 percent,” said Brad Tutunjian, P.E., vice president of gas operations for CenterPoint Energy’s gas operations ...

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$500 MILLION — Entergy Mississippi plans major investment for upgrades and improvements to electric distribution system

Over the next several years Entergy Mississippi has plans to invest more than $500 million in upgrades and improvements to the company’s transmission and distribution systems. Mara Hartmann, spokesperson for Entergy Mississippi, said the upgrades are necessary to continue to meet national reliability standards and will also help provide opportunities for Mississippi businesses and industries to grow. “These improvements will ...

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Damage from fire shuts down cotton seed oil mill

GREENWOOD — A fire at Delta Oil Mill on Friday night has shut the facility down until repairs can be made. “Nobody was injured. That’s the main thing,” John Stewart, the mill’s manager, told the Greenwood Commonwealth. The fire broke out around 9 p.m. in the sprawling plant’s baling room, Stewart said. Stewart said the plant was processing cotton seed ...

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