South Mississippians will get at least one more chance to voice their concerns about the impact of a $3 billion strategic oil reserve on the local environment. 4th District Representative Gene Taylor announced today that the Department of Energy has agreed to hold another public hearing on the plan, which would use the Richton Salt Dome to store 160 million barrels of crude oil. Water from local rivers would be used to remove the salt.
Taylor says the D.O.E. will also prepare a new environmental impact statement on the project.
"We're going to have another public hearing, I want people to know that," said Taylor, who spoke to us during a town hall meeting at the Laurel Train Depot tonight.
"The last one was held shortly after Katrina, and quite frankly, most South Mississippians were so busy getting their lives back together after Katrina that they didn't have time to attend and this one will be held on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, either in the month of March or April."
Taylor says he will only support the plan if the D.O.E. uses water from the Gulf of Mexico to remove the salt.
Sacred Heart senior Cade Slaughter was named a 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar. He was selected from 86,000 initial applications across the country for a $20,000 college scholarship. Slaughter plans to attend the University of Mississippi in the fall with a degree in public policy. The scholar has already had a taste of public office life. Slaughter was chosen for the US Senate Youth Program in Washington D.C.. A few weeks ago he worked with state Senator Rodger Wicker and even met wit...More >>
Sacred Heart senior Cade Slaughter was named a 2017 Coca-Cola Scholar.More >>