Sen. Roger Wicker, who has replaced Trent Lott in the U.S. Senate, decided to see for himself why everyone is talking about protecting the Pascagoula River.
Using water from the river is a key part of a U.S. Department of Energy plan to hollow an underground salt dome in Richton for use as an emergency petroleum reserve.
Traveling on Benny McCoy's river and marsh tour boat, Wicker said, "This is just wonderful. I like what I see and I'm trying as a federal legislator to get my arms around how we might be able to help at a federal level.
A huge way to help would be to prevent the U.S. Department of Energy from taking fresh water from the river.