Latest move toward gas drilling off Mississippi Coast meets with opposition

Opposition is building to the latest move in a plan to explore for natural gas in Mississippi waters.

The Gulf Restoration Network has asked the Department of Marine Resources to slow down its review of rules made by the Mississippi Development Authority to govern exploration and drilling for gas off the Coast.

“This was released on the Friday before the Labor Day weekend and it gives folks just a little over two weeks to comment,” said Raleigh Hoke of the Restoration Network, which is part of the 12 Miles South Coalition. That group is trying to keep any exploration and drilling at least 12 miles south of the barrier islands.

The MDA has asked the DMR to determine if the MDA’s drilling rules comply with the DMR’s Mississippi Coast Program.

Sun Herald