Salt dome foes keep eye on project

RICHTON, Miss. (AP) - Foes of a government plan to store petroleum reserves in salt domes in Mississippi say they are not placated by the U.S. Department of Energy's decision to remove the project from its budget.

Last month, the DOE redirected the project's $71 million to operation and maintenance of the existing Strategic Petroleum Reserve. Previously, the government proposed using the Richton Salt Dome to store 160 million barrels of oil.

Eric Richards of Gulf Conservation Coalition, which opposes the storage plan, tells the Mississippi Press he is pleased with the announcement.

Richards says, however, that environmental groups are watching to see if Congress somehow works the money back into the DOE budget.

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