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$100 million in offshore oil revenues to help Mississippi coastal restoration projects

An aerial photograph shows a cleanup crew at work along U.S. Highway 90 near Pass Christian, Miss., removing sand from the highway that was deposited by the storm surge from Hurricane Gustav, Wednesday, Sept. 3, 2008.

Posted on April 17, 2023

Over $100 million from a federal revenue-sharing initiative will help upgrade infrastructure and restoration efforts along the Mississippi Gulf Coast.

The Gulf of Mexico Energy Security Act (GOMESA) of 2006 created a revenue-sharing model for oil- and gas-producing gulf states. Under the act, Alabama, Louisiana, Mississippi, and Texas receive a portion of the revenue generated from oil and gas production offshore in the Gulf of Mexico.

Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed House Bill 1636 on Wednesday, April 13 that appropriated $101.1 million to projects in the state.

Projects include:

•    $2,000,000 to assist the City of Pascagoula with the Live Oak Corridor Drainage to Remedy Flooding

•    $1,200,000 to assist the City of Gulfport with the North Gulfport Wastewater Treatment Plant UV Disinfection

•    $10,650,000 to assist the Hancock County Utility Authority with the Stennis Space Center Wastewater Conveyance Project

•    $2,693,000 to assist the City of Long Beach with the Small Craft Harbor Eastern Bulkhead Improvements

•    $2,590,000 to assist the City of Pass Christian with the West Breakwater Wall Hurricane Mitigation Improvements

•    $2,000,000 to assist the Department of Marine Resources with Oyster Spat

•    $1,000,000 to assist the Institute for Marine Mammal Studies with Monitoring and Evaluation of Sea Turtle Nesting in Mississippi

•    $532,242 to assist the University of Southern Mississippi with the Mississippi Coastal Fishery Resource Assessment

•    $1,749,220 to assist the Hancock County Port and Harbor Commission with Bank Mitigation

•    $1,195,571 to assist the University of Southern Mississippi with Oak Island Oyster Company in the Development and Testing of an Off Bottom Oyster Structure

•    $750,000 to assist Jackson County with Coastal Roadway Hurricane Protection

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