Why give all BP funds to Coast? Some area legislators say, ‘Not so fast’

Some Northeast Mississippi legislators are saying not so fast in terms of the three coastal counties receiving all of the funds from the $750 million settlement with BP for the 2010 explosion of the Deepwater Horizon in the Gulf of Mexico and subsequent massive oil spill.

“I know some people feel some of the money should come to the central and northern parts of the state,” said Rep. William Tracy Arnold, R-Booneville…

…“I have heard proposals to divide the money by the three Supreme Court districts with the Southern District getting half and the Central and Northern Districts dividing the other half,” Bain said.

Both Bain and Arnold mentioned that the funds should be used for the state’s many infrastructure needs.

Daily Journal
9/25/16