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.