Energy Summit Pushes Chemical Manufacturing

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Jackson, Miss.

An economist says that Mississippi has an opportunity to compete for energy-thirsty economic development.

Louisiana State University professor, David Dismukes, was hired by the Mississippi Energy Institute to look at opportunities that might arise from the U.S. boom in natural gas production.

At the Governor's Energy Summit Thursday, Dismukes presented preliminary results from his study.

It suggests that Mississippi should pitch itself as a home for chemical manufacturing companies that might want to get away from areas in Louisiana that are congested by tens of billions in construction in the refining and chemical sectors.

That dovetails with Gov. Phil Bryant's vision for using energy as a driver for economic development, making Mississippi "your energy home." Bryant especially touts the potential for oil drilling in southwest Mississippi.