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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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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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LNG facility hoping to begin exporting natural gas

PASCAGOULA — Big changes may be coming for Gulf LNG, the liquefied natural gas terminal that has two huge storage tanks on the horizon south of Pascagoula. The owners want to begin exporting natural gas. It would be quite the turnaround for the $1.1-billion terminal built more than two years ago to import the super-chilled gas from tankers, store it, ...

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Commissioner wants review of utility metering following school issue

JACKSON— Northern District Public Service Commissioner Brandon Presley is requesting a formal review of Mississippi’s electric utilities’ metering policies and procedures. The Public Utilities Staff will work in conjunction with Commission staff to conduct the review, which will cover both investor owned utilities and electric power associations, according to a release from Presley’s office. Over the past year, Presley says ...

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Authority terminates contract over ethics violation

GULFPORT — The Harrison County Utility Authority has voted to terminate S.H. Anthony, Inc.’s contract for operation and maintenance of its facilities. Members said company owner Sean Anthony violated board and state ethics policies when he financed a car for then-director Kamran Pahlavan in 2011. Jim Simpson, attorney for the authority, said the Utility Authority must give Anthony 30 days ...

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