HARRISON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - BP has closed a deal to purchase a privately owned section of Cat Island. WLOX News obtained a statement from BP spokesman Ray Melick about the island purchase. It says, "The purchase of this section of Cat Island is in keeping with BP's commitment to preserve and protect the environment, ecology, and historical significance of the Mississippi barrier islands for future generations."
A Harrison County supervisor told WLOX News last week that once the Cat Island deal was finalized, BP would likely donate the land to an organization that would protect it for generations to come.
BP would not release a purchase price, or the number of acres on Cat Island it now controls.
Look for additional details about the Cat Island sale on WLOX News and WLOX.com.