Bill would prohibit drilling near Ship Island - - Jackson, MS

Bill would prohibit drilling near Ship Island

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - A Mississippi coast lawmaker had proposed a bill to ban offshore drilling near a spot around the western end of West Ship Island.

The Sun Herald reports ( ) that the bill was filed by State Sen. Sean Tindell, R-Gulfport.

Tindell says the area should be off limits to drilling because it's where the Ship Island ferry brings tourists and many pleasure-boaters use the area as well. He says the Mississippi Development Authority is working with him to make the area off limits, so the bill may not be needed.

Tindell says local officials want to keep the view clean for tourism.

He says the area is between the island and the beaches, on the western tip. He says one wants to jeopardize the billion dollar tourism industry.


Information from: The Sun Herald,

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