Bryant should step in and settle lawsuit over drilling

Gov. Phil Bryant and the Mississippi Development Authority, an agency that reports directly to him, could have easily avoided the lawsuit filed Thursday by the Sierra Club and the Gulf Restoration Network to block MDA’s new regulations for offshore drilling.

Now Bryant should do what he should have done upon taking office in January: put a halt to MDA’s slapdash approach to leasing state waters for oil and gas exploration and extraction.

The plaintiffs are right when they contend that the process is moving too fast and hasn’t been properly studied.

Sun Herald
3/15/12