Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Say NO to the Richton Salt Dome and YES to protecting the Pascagoula River Basin

Apparently the good people of Richton do not care about the environmental affects of the salt dome as they will mostly affect those of us on the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The DOE proposes to use fresh water from the Pascagoula River basin to wash away the salt. The DOE then plans to pipe the briny solution from Richton to the Gulf of Mexico. That disposal method will require building yet another pipeline through the river basin.

That one-two punch to the ecology of South Mississippi has stirred considerable protest - except in the environs of Richton, a hamlet about two dozen miles east of Hattiesburg at the intersection of Mississippi highways 15 and 42.


They didn't want nuclear waste stored in the Richton Salt Dome back in the 70's and 80's and I don't blame them. But they should show the same concern for those of us who depend on fresh water from the Pascagoula River as well as for those whose livelihood depends on fishing in the Gulf of Mexico.

Say NO to the Richton Salt Dome and YES to protecting the Pascagoula River Basin.

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