Recently the state of Mississippi took another step toward drilling in coastal waters. Help us push back on this decision – take action to tell Governor Bryant to block drilling in state waters.
The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (DMR) has approved the Mississippi Development Authority's (MDA) proposed rules for oil and gas seismic testing and leasing in state waters. DMR had the opportunity to protect our coast by determining what drilling really means for the quality of life and impact on natural resources in coastal communities - they chose to pave the way for ugly and risky industrial development instead.
Gas rigs on the horizon scar the natural scenic qualities of the coast, and damage the coastal tourism industry which is vital to Mississippi's economy. If just 3% of tourists decide to vacation elsewhere because of rigs on the horizon and pollution concerns, opening our waters to oil and gas would be a financial loss for the state.
Send a note to Governor Bryant today; urge him to stand up for the health of our coast and economy by rejecting oil and gas activities in state waters.
Andrew is GRN's Water Policy Director