Thursday, October 25, 2012

News Clippings 10.25.12

Oil Spill

Criminal probe eyes remarks after Gulf spill, lawyers say
Houston Chronicle

The federal criminal probe of the 2010 Gulf oil spill is intensifying, with
particular focus on the companies involved, some of their workers and
statements executives made to investigators in the disaster's aftermath,
lawyers and officials familiar with the case say.

U.S. kept photos of dead whale under wraps during spill, Greenpeace says
Updated: Wednesday, October 24, 2012, 6:48 PM
By Mark Schleifstein, | The Times-Picayune

The environmental group Greenpeace is raising new questions about why it

took the federal government more than two years to release information

about a dead sperm whale that was discovered during the BP oil spill.

Louisiana Seeks Jury Trial on $1 Billion Claim Against BP

Louisiana asked a federal judge to order a separate jury trial against BP

Plc (BP/) over the $1 billion in economic oil-spill losses that the state

claims BP has stopped paying.

BP Urges Judge to Give Final Approval to Deepwater Settlement


BP PLC (BP) urged a judge to accept its proposed plan to settle billions of
dollars of claims due to economic loss in the Deepwater Horizon matter,
countering objections raised by some of the thousands of class-action

State News

Meridian's wastewater will help cool new MS Power plant


When the new Mississippi Power Kemper County Lignite plant opens in 18
months, it will use millions of gallons of water a day to keep the
equipment cool. Usually, that means using water from a nearby lake or
river. But not this plant.

Treated Wastewater Arriving at Lignite Plant

Treated wastewater from Meridian is now being used at the Kemper County
coal plant.

City water flowing at Kemper plant

By Terri Ferguson Smith
The Meridian Star

MERIDIAN — A 31-mile pipeline from Meridian to Kemper County is
delivering treated wastewater to the construction site of the new lignite
power plant.

Houston Landfill

HOUSTON, Miss. (WTVA) -- Waste Management held their ribbon cutting for a
landfill facility in Houston today that will make the 6th facility of it's
kind in Mississippi, and what they are doing is converting what you throw
out into electricity for Mississippi.

New Waste-to-Energy Facility in Houston


HOUSTON, Miss. (WCBI) – Governor Phil Bryant was in Houston Wednesday
morning for the dedication of Mississippi's newest waste-to-energy project.

IMMS forms partnership with Mississippi State University


The Institute of Marine Mammal Studies in Gulfport has launched a new
partnership with Mississippi State University. IMMS will be working with
the university's College of Veterinary Medicine to focus research efforts
on the Gulf of Mexico.

IMMS, MSU announce partnership

Sun Herald

GULFPORT -- The Institute for Marine Mammal Studies and Mississippi State

University's College of Veterinary Medicine will work together to study the

health of the Gulf of Mexico, officials said.

Site selected for oil seed-crushing/biodiesel plant

by MBJ Staff
Published: October 24,2012

YAZOO COUNTY — Bio Energy, LLC has secured a site in Yazoo County to build
an oil seed-crushing/biodiesel plant. The entity operating this facility
will be known as Bio Energy Yazoo.

Household hazardous waste disposal event set for Nov. 3
Magee Courier
Wednesday, October 24, 2012 11:23 AM CDT

Have you been wondering what to do with those old half used household items
like paint and household chemicals?

National News

Permits sought to study putting turbines in river
The Associated Press

NATCHEZ, MISS. — A company continues to study the feasibility of putting

power-generating turbines in the Mississippi River.

Environmental groups asking EPA to require toxic release reports for oil,
gas drilling

By Associated Press,

WASHINGTON — Environmental groups say they are asking the federal
Environmental Protection Agency to require toxic chemical release reporting
for the oil and gas industry.

Environmental Groups Ask EPA to Require Fracking Disclosure


By Mark Drajem - Oct 24, 2012

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency should force oil and natural-gas

producers to disclose the chemicals they release during drilling, hydraulic

fracturing, compressing and storage, environmental groups said.

Cost of mining coal continues to climb

Washington Post

By Steven Mufson,

It's become common to blame the flagging fortunes of coal mining companies
on low natural gas prices that have convinced many U.S. utilities and
industries to slash their use of coal.

Toxic cloud forces thousands in southeast Texas to stay indoors


(CNN) -- A toxic cloud that formed after 300 gallons of hydrochloric acid
leaked at a southeast Texas storage facility sent nine people to hospitals
and forced thousands of residents indoors, an emergency management official
said Thursday.

'Green' growth fuels an entire industry

USA Today

6:01AM EDT October 25. 2012 - When Rob Watson was writing the nation's

first private standard for environmentally friendly construction in the

1990s, he wanted to require "green" buildings to get recertified after five

years to prove they were actually conserving energy and water.