Anti-Drilling Group Wants Jackson County to Join Cause

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

An environmental group opposed to offshore drilling in Mississippi has asked Jackson County to join

County supervisors say they are not ready to take a stand on the issue. The group, called 12 Miles South Coalition, met with supervisors Monday.

State officials want to lease state waters in the Gulf of Mexico for offshore oil and gas exploration. The coalition says that means drilling rigs could go up near barrier islands and ruin the pristine areas.

Board president John McKay says he understands the group's passion for protecting state waters, but can also see the value of drilling.

McKay said he and other board members will have to research the plan more before jumping on board to support any side.

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  • by Peabody Location: Valley Road on Mar 7, 2012 at 04:14 PM
    Drill and drill some more. Refine it all. All is good. Export to China. WHOA. Our oil should stay here not go overseas.
  • by John Location: Meridian on Mar 7, 2012 at 06:54 AM
    The supervisors should not even have met with them.
  • by Drill Baby Drill on Mar 7, 2012 at 02:19 AM
    We need as a country to develop our own, it's there for the taking. The other problem is the EPA restrictions on refineries and building more. There are not enough and with the cost of meeting EPA standards no company wants the hasslev of it.
  • by bearhunter on Mar 6, 2012 at 03:27 PM
    That's right neighbor. They don't need to hug it to hard though, it might choke off the flow of nutrients and sap and cause the tree to go into shock. Since trees and animals have human characteristics and traits like in all the Walt Disney cartoons, we don't want that to happen.
  • by neighbor on Mar 6, 2012 at 01:09 PM
    I grew up and work in an area where there are oil wells. I have seen cows grazing within a few feet of the well. These people need to go hug a tree or something.
  • by Just sayin..... on Mar 6, 2012 at 11:13 AM
    I bet they used gas and polluted the air to get to the meeting.
  • by bearhunter on Mar 6, 2012 at 09:58 AM
    these liberal environmentalists are exactly the sort that needs to be extinguished.our country has more oil in it then most people think and we should be drilling our own resources. these liberal PUNKS go out and find some crab or a weed on a dune and start talking about endangered species,cant drill here. or their landscape will be destroyed. people and companies have enough sence to do the work and work with the environment and people. the liberals will want to bring up the oil rig that burned, well how many oil spills have we had or how many oil rig burnings? by the liberal mind set , maybe we should just get rid of cars period, if someone wrecks, their oil pan may crack an leak that bad oil all over some precious plant or get in the ditch water. We need to be taping every oil pocket we have onshore and off. And we need to be forming masses and do what it takes to destroy the treats that further take our country down.
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