Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Use water from the Gulf of Mexico rather than from the Pascagoula River system demands House of Representatives

A House of Representatives committee has drafted a resolution asking that the $4 billion Richton Strategic Petroleum Reserve plan use water from the Gulf of Mexico rather than from the Pascagoula River system.

Friday, March 07, 2008

George County Supervisors oppose salt dome plan

The Richton project will use water to hollow out caverns in the Richton Salt Dome to store the oil. Department of Energy studies estimate that it will take about 50 million gallons of water each day -- about the same amount of water used by customers of the Mobile water system -- to hollow out the caverns.

Shepard said it is important that the Pascagoula River, which flows through George County, be protected.

Now if the DoE will just listen.

Wednesday, March 05, 2008

Public Meetings Scheduled for Richton Salt Dome Project

• Greene County - April 8; 2-8 p.m.; Greene County High School, 4336 High School Road, Leakesville

• George County - April 9; 2-8 p.m.; George County Senior Center, 7102 Hwy. 198 E., Lucedale

Jackson County: April 10; 2-8 p.m.; B.E. Mac McGinty Civic Center, 2902 Shortcut Road, Pascagoula.

Notice of Intent-Richton salt dome project The Department of Energy posted a notice of intent today for public meetings regarding the Richton salt dome project. The text of the NOI is below, and can be found at, or

Save Our River

Robert Khayat, chancellor of the University of Mississippi, makes an impassioned plea to save the Pascagoula River.

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

Keep Streets Out

Streets would destroy nature area in Gulfport

I am writing on behalf of the 204,000 members of the National Garden Clubs of America, and the Garden Clubs of Mississippi, which has 4,433 members in its many garden clubs across the state. Since 1986, the
Clower-Thornton Nature Area in Gulfport has been owned and operated by these two groups.

This area affords abundant enjoyment of nature right in the heart of Gulfport. It is located behind the former V.A. property on Railroad Street and runs for 12 acres to 28th Street. Coffee Creek runs through it.

At public meetings, it has been announced that three streets may be opened through the acreage. We are protesting this idea because this area is a protected Land Trust and the dedicated area has walking trails, both paved and natural, wetland areas, bogs, natural habitat and native wildlife. It also is a state wild bird watching area used by thousands of people every year.

This area is an outdoor classroom for education of nature, used by school children, garden clubs and nature lovers. Guided tours are also available.

Currently, a group is being assisted by Mississippi State University students to survey and plant 30-gallon trees to replace those destroyed by the storm.

This area was donated by Aida Clower in honor of her parents. And my husband gave two additional acres where Coffee Creek comes through, in honor of his father, A.C. Hutto Sr.

We protest any streets being cut into this wonderful area of green space in the city of Gulfport because it is a Land Trust that is owned by these groups. It is an outstanding green space and is considered a protected nature area.


We took our sons Cub Scout Den there it is a lovely area and deserves to be protected.

Monday, March 03, 2008

Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge

The public must wait another month for the grand reopening of the Mississippi Sandhill Crane National Wildlife Refuge's $2.5 million visitor center.

Administrators had planned to open the nature trail and headquarters area this month, but they've decided to keep it closed until demolition of the old building is complete and the exhibits are installed.

I am looking forward to the Refuge's reopening.