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About Us: The Gulf Coast Group

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The Gulf Coast Group is confronted with multiple environmental challenges. While each of us enjoys the natural wonders of the Gulf and the estuaries in our own way—whether in a kayak or behind a camera—we are focused on several ongoing issues:

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SOUTH MS ELECTRIC BACKS OUT OF KEMPER PARTNERSHIP

SOUTH MISSISSIPPI (WLOX) - A decision by South Mississippi Electric adds even more financial instability to the cloud hanging over Mississippi Power's Kemper County lignite plant. Board members with South Mississippi Electric's 11 cooperatives no longer have an interest in purchasing a 15 percent stake in the Kemper County facility. Their reason for breaking off those talks had everything to do with money.
“It would have led to higher rates for us,” South Mississippi Electric CEO Jim Compton told WLOX News, noting the deal would have cost the 11 cooperatives $620 million. “We determined it wasn't something we could afford in rates.”READ MORE

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DISPERSANT FOUND IN BEACH OIL PATTIES FOUR YEARS AFTER BP SPILL

Traces of a chemical contained in dispersants used to break up oil during the 87-day BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill in 2010 were found in material deposited on deepwater corals six months after the spill, and in weathered oil patties on Gulf Coast beaches four years later, according to a scientific letter published online this week in Environmental Science & Technology, the peer-reviewed research journal of the American Chemical Society. Researchers found tiny amounts of DOSS, an abbreviation of the chemical compound dioctyl sodium sulfosuccinate, in both the oil patties and deepwater sediment.

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UPDATE ON THE HINDS COUNTY CHANCERY COURT HEARING WITH MEDIA LINKS

JACKSON January 6, 2014
Update from the Hinds County Chancery Court
Click here for WLOX coverage: includes Louie Miller, Stan Flint and Louis Skrmetta.

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IMPORTANT SCIENTIFIC ARTICLE ON BP SPILL EFFECT ON BENTHIC LAYER

This scientific paper was produced for the Natural Resource Damage Assessment, and at least partially funded by BP. It is important for determining restoration needs. If you only read the abstract, you've got the picture.

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Bentz' Replacement: A Company Man

Steve Shepard, President of the Coast Group, shares his impressions of the new PSC Commissioner for the Southern District. Renfroe was chosen to "hold down" the spot for the next Republican who chooses to run in 2015, but he will have the crucial deciding vote in issues concerning Mississippi Power's Kemper Coal Plant, especially ratepayer responsibility for funding the plant.

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STOP THE ONE LAKE DEVELOPMENT

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The public meeting in Picayune was held on October 29. After a short slide presentation, developers stood at tables with posters explaining the NEPA process and the effects on the lower Pearl River (water quantity, water quality, endangered species and salinity, among others). The crowd of about 60 was mostly negative; many had come from St. Tamany Parish, across the river.
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Our friends at the Gulf Restoration Network have sent out an Action Alert regarding the proposed One Lake Development project in the Jackson metro area. Send a letter to the Pearl River Drainage & Control District, and tell them no new lake on the Pearl River. This lake is for developers only, not for the endangered sturgeon or the saw-backed turtle, and it will also cut off a source of fresh water for oyster beds on the Coast. Take a look.

NEWS: WHAT'S A SPROG?

JACKSON, MS BY TIM HARLAN-MARKS, SSC Director of Leadership Training
Every year over 200 youth commit one week of their summer to attend the SSC’s nationally recognized Summer Grassroots Leadership Training Program, Sprog! Whether you’re a seasoned veteran of organizing looking to take your leadership to the next level or a brand new activist looking to start building a toolkit for making real change, Sprog’s complete overview of time-tested skills and knowledge has something for you.