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Some environmental groups are warning that the Republican takeover of Congress could result in a major attack on environmental regulations. Mitch McConnell from coal-heavy Kentucky, expected to be the new Senate Majority Leader, has said his top priority next year is to rein in the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). But the Republican election victories won’t …

NATCHEZ — Mayor Butch Brown says a drilling company has changed its mind about drilling for oil on a historic site at Natchez. The Natchez Democrat reports Brown told the Board of Aldermen that Mike Biglane of RMB Exploration has decided not to drill on the historic Arlington property. Brown said he has learned that …

FORREST COUNTY — A Louisiana-based oil company has appealed a judge’s ruling that upheld a new sign and fencing ordinance put in place by Forrest County after fatal 2009 oil tank explosion. The appeal by Delphi Oil Inc. of Baton Rouge, La., is among dozens the Mississippi Supreme Court will consider during its March-April term. …

CALEDONIA — Caledonia officials will allow an oil company to a fracking process to drill on town-owned land. The Commercial Dispatch reports the town signed an agreement with Fletcher Petroleum Corp. of Fairhope, Ala. The town received $100 for a three-year lease on a three-quarter-acre parcel. Hydraulic fracturing involves drilling horizontally instead of straight down, …

How did a farm boy from Kewanee, Mississippi, a Lauderdale County town near the Alabama border with a population of approximately 12 to 15, grow up to be president of the largest, most prestigious organization in the world for petroleum engineers? William “Bill” M. Cobb, who received his B.S. and M.S. in petroleum engineering from …

There has been a lot of talk in recent years about “peak oil” — defined as the point where the maximum amount of oil that can be recovered is being pumped. After that, oil becomes increasingly scarce and expensive. If sticker shock at the gas pumps hasn’t convinced you, talk to Dr. Darrel Schmitz, head …