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In 2011, Devon Energy and EnCana began drilling in the Tuscaloosa Marine Shale (TMS) play, an “unproven unconventional 7 billion barrel oil resource” spanning the central Louisiana and southwestern Mississippi counties of Amite, Wilkinson, Adams, Franklin, Pike, and Walthall, for a total of 2.7 million acres (the term “play” refers to a geographic area targeted for exploration).[1]


In February 2012, Amite County said it will study oil shale and shale gas development in southwest Mississippi. It will focus on Tuscaloosa Shale production in Amite, Pike and Wilkinson counties - a large formation covering central Louisiana and parts of southwest Mississippi that oil companies have been working at for months. Pike County Economic Development District executive director Britt Herrin says there are hundreds of wells that could be drilled.[2]

On March 21, 2012, Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant unveiled plans to incorporate natural gas as a "priority" in a new statewide energy policy that he is developing along with local business leaders, including Clean Energy Fuels' T. Boone Pickens. Clean Energy Fuels plans to build a station in Pearl before 2014, absorbing the $2 million start-up cost while promoting state and commercial vehicles run on natural gas - which the company would supply. Bryant said other businesses have shown interest in building stations in Harrison and Jackson counties.[3]

The Clarion Ledger reported that two dozen wells had been fracked between 2007 and 2014.[4]

In 2014 Mississippi produced 2,416,400 barrels (101.5 million gallons) of crude oil.[5]

In December 2014 CBS News reported that high oil prices threatened Mississippi's fracking industry.[6]

Water Issues

The Associated Press reported in 2014 that the Tuscaloosa Marine shale formation takes six to eleven million gallons water for hydraulic fracturing one oil well.[7]

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Gulf LNG is an LNG unloading, storage and regasification facility located near the City of Pascagoula in Jackson County, Mississippi. Gulf LNG is owned by Gulf LNG Energy, LLC (GLE). The terminal includes a 5-mile sendout pipeline.[8] The terminal become operable in 2011.[9]

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  1. Amy McCullough, "Companies exploring for oil in Southwest Mississippi," Business Blog, Aug. 19, 2011.
  2. [http://www.nola.com/business/index.ssf/2012/02/amite_county_mississippi_oks_f.html "Amite County, Mississippi, OKs fracking study," AP, Feb. 8, 2012.
  3. "Mississippi governor unveils plans for natural gas use," Clarion Ledger, Mar. 21, 2012.
  4. "Where will water come from for fracking?," Ernest Herndon, Clarion Ledger, June 14, 2014.
  5. U.S. Energy Information Administration, "Petroleum & Other Liquids," Eia.gov, Retrieved October 31, 2015.
  6. "Low oil prices threatening fracking industry," Manuel Bojorquez, CBS, December 19, 2014.
  7. AP, [http://blog.gulflive.com/mississippi-press-news/2014/06/where_will_water_come_from_--.html "Where will water come from -- and where will it go -- in Mississippi oil fracking boom?," June 15, 2014.
  8. "Gulf LNG" Kinder Morgan, accessed September 25, 2015.
  9. "Gulf LNG Energy terminal officially opens" Cherle Ward, GulfLive.com, October 28, 2011.

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