Victory for the Mississippi Coast!

 

ship island 4 blogOn June 19th, Hinds County Chancery Court Judge William Singletary blocked the Mississippi Development Authority’s (MDA) plan to offer gas leases in state waters. This decision was in response to a lawsuit filed by Gulf Restoration Network and the Sierra Club. You can read the full decision here.

The agency did not consider the effects drilling would have on the environment, economy and quality of life on the coast, and now they’ll have to. The Hind County Chancery court stated what citizens of the coast already knew, that the rules for drilling were arbitrary and capricious because testing and leasing are fundamentally linked to drilling.

<--break->

This is a major victory because MDA will have a hard time proving that the economic benefits of drilling will outweigh the costs to tourism and other sustainable industries dependent on the natural resources of the coast. Our economic study shows that if just 3% of tourists choose to vacation elsewhere due to unsightly drilling rigs that the state will lose money on drilling. Attorney Robert Wiygul told The Sun Herald, “There are certain places where you don't need drilling and around our barrier islands is one of them.” We certainly hope that MDA will decide that this is the case.

Helen Rose Patterson is GRN’s Mississippi Organizer.

Recent Posts

Santa Rosa Island is a gem along Florida’s Panhandle coast, with 52 miles of white...
Written by Christian Wagley
Thursday, 21 September 2017
Residents in East Biloxi continue to face unbearable living conditions due to a fiasco of...
Written by Howard Page
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
In my very first days as GRN’s new coastal organizer for Florida and Alabama, I...
Written by Christian Wagley
Wednesday, 20 September 2017
Chef Ryan Prewitt of Peche set a new standard for seafood in New Orleans winning...
Written by Dustin Renaud
Monday, 11 September 2017
Restoration along the Pearl River is on many people’s minds these days, on several fronts...
Written by Andrew Whitehurst
Monday, 11 September 2017
In the last couple of months, Gulf Restoration Network has been sad to say goodbye...
Written by Raleigh Hoke
Thursday, 07 September 2017
This blog series has covered a variety of corals that live in the Gulf of...
Written by Hannah Leis
Wednesday, 30 August 2017

SHARE THIS PAGE