Barbour also left Bryant a challenge on the Coast

In addition to a lengthy list of pardons, former Gov. Haley Barbour left another highly controversial matter for Mississippians to contend with as he went out the door — offshore drilling.

The Mississippi Development Authority in the final days of the Barbour administration offered up rules for leasing state waters for oil and gas exploration. The highly controversial offshore drilling issue had been on hold for years after Hurricane Katrina and after Gulf Coast opposition. The massive BP oil spill that severely impacted the Gulf Coast economy seemingly would have kept the idea on hold.
Not so.

The Mississippi Development Authority in December rolled out regulations for leasing. The rules are set to take effect this month.

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3/25/12