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More oil exploration in SW Mississippi

3 years ago July 05, 2012 Jul 5, 2012 Thursday, July 05 2012 Thursday, July 05, 2012 3:20:20 PM CDT in News
By: The Associated Press

MCCOMB - Pike County supervisors are suggesting southwest Mississippi take a regional approach to address the growing oil exploration in the area.

Officials believe if the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation proves to be a honey hole for oil and gas companies, then southwest Mississippi could see a boost in business and an influx of oil workers and residents with new disposable income.

Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation is located in Pike, Wilkinson and Amite counties.

The Enterprise-Journal reports that supervisors don't want local governments to respond to the oil industry by imposing taxes and excessive regulations.

They say Amite, Adams, Franklin, Lincoln, Pike, Walthall and Wilkinson counties and their municipalities which lie more or less within the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale formation should make up a regional committee.

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