The House Marine Resources Committee heard a report on federal plans to store crude oil in the Richton Salt Dome in southeast Mississippi. Our Department of Marine Resources will propose that water for cavern development be taken from the Gulf of Mexico, as opposed to the Pascagoula River, and then return it deep into the Gulf. This can be done without adverse results to Gulf marine life. The long-range plan is for Richton to store 160 million barrels of crude toward a national strategic reserve goal of 1 billion barrels. The project is expected to take 10 years and to be completed in 2018 at a cost of $4 billion. At my request, the Department will conduct a study in cooperation with the USM research lab concerning the environmental impact on the discharge into the Gulf.
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Your state representative-Hank Zuber