Thursday, April 16, 2009

Department of Marine Resources says NO to Richton Project

The head of the state Department of Marine Resources said Wednesday that his agency won’t have it.

Bill Walker, director of the DMR, has said in the past that his staff is not going to recommend approval of that aspect of the project. The state recommends using water pumped from the Gulf to Richton and discharged back into the Gulf.

But on Wednesday he confirmed just how crucial that objection is to the DOE’s current proposal.

Walker said that he, leaders with the state Department of Environmental Quality and U.S. Rep. Gene Taylor, D-Bay St. Louis, have consistently made public statements that they do not want water for the project taken out of the Pascagoula River.

“I don’t know how much more clearly we can say that,” he said.

The Department of Energy doesn't seem to be listening though, so the Pascagoula River isn't safe yet.

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