WLOX Editorial: More public input needed on offshore drilling - WLOX.com - The News for South Mississippi

WLOX Editorial: More public input needed on offshore drilling

Posted: Updated:

Whether to allow oil and gas drilling within a mile of our barrier islands has South Mississippi divided.

Environmentalists oppose any drilling, saying the potential damage to the environment far out ways any benefits of royalty payments to the state. Tourism leaders worry offshore rigs will chase away visitors.

Drilling supporters say if America is going to become energy independent, all avenues need to be open. They argue without new energy sources, five dollar or higher a gallon of gasoline is a real possibility.

The Mississippi Development Authority is currently working on guidelines on how to handle drilling leases.

Mississippi Lt. Governor Tate Reeves summed it up well when he said, "I would rather do it right than do it quick."

There needs to be more opportunity for the people of South Mississippi to speak on this issue.

While legislation has already passed that allows the offshore drilling, people who live here want to make sure regulations are in place that will protect the environment.

We call on MDA to allow more time for public comment so every voice is heard.

That's our opinion, we would like to hear yours. Email your thoughts to editorials@wlox.com, or post your comments below.

David Vincent
WLOX-TV General Manager

©2012 WLOX. All rights reserved.

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Coroner: Gulfport murder victim was shot in the groin

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 8:31 PM EDT2014-07-24 00:31:26 GMT
    According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later Tuesday night.More >>
    An area of Gulfport still reeling from the brutal murder of a child last week was hit with another violent death Tuesday night. According to Harrison County Coroner Gary Hargrove, Lamont Hayes, 41, was shot in the groin area and bled to death just a few hours later.More >>
  • Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Coroner: Girl's body was found in abandoned trailer's bathroom

    Friday, July 18 2014 3:26 PM EDT2014-07-18 19:26:33 GMT
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer.More >>
    It's been an extremely difficult day for family and friends as well as officers. So many people were crying, upset as the body of 5-year-old Janaya Thompson was removed from an abandoned trailer. Coroner Gary Hargrove said Janaya's body was found in a bathroom.More >>
  • Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Two arrested for St. Martin burglary, TV theft

    Wednesday, July 23 2014 11:44 AM EDT2014-07-23 15:44:17 GMT
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
    Investigators in Jackson County say two men who broke into a St. Martin home and stole a large television were arrested after they sold the TV a short time later.More >>
Powered by WorldNow

208 DeBuys Road
Biloxi, MS 39531
(228) 896-1313

FCC Public File
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WLOX. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.