MDA director Brent Christensen rejects appeal by Mississippi drilling opponents

The head of the Mississippi Development Authority has rejected an appeal by opponents who sought to block rules for offshore gas and oil exploration and leasing from taking effect.

In a Friday letter to Sierra Club attorney Robert Wiygul, authority Director Brent Christensen wrote that the rules were properly adopted. Opponents had expected the decision after a hearing officer earlier recommended to Christensen that he not overturn the rules.

Sun Herald