Mississippi

   Mississippi  

Population: 3 Million

Energy Production

·         1,321 Trillion Btu total energy production

·         24,216 Thousand barrels of crude oil

·         81,487 Million cubic feet of natural

·         2,747 Thousand short tons of coal

·         54,487,260 Thousand MWh electricity produced (January 2012)

Energy Consumption

·         1,163 Trillion Btu total energy consumption

·         76.8 Million barrels of petroleum

o   37.8 Million barrels of gasoline

·         434,701 Million cubic feet of natural gas

·         8,713 Short tons of coal

State Government Profile

Governor: Phil Bryant (R); first term; elected in 2011; Governor is limited to 2 terms

Legislature:

Speaker of the House: Philip Gunn (R)

President of the Senate: Tate Reeves (R)

Bicameral Body: Both chambers are under Republican control

122 House Members: 64 Republicans, 55 Democrats, 3 vacancies

52 Senate Members: 32 Republicans, 20 Democrats


Energy Issues

The state of Mississippi continues to face inspection and clean-up hurdles from both federal and state regulators in the wake of the BP oil spill. The Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) is targeting properties that had previously been declared inactive but will now be required to be inspected and must meet new cleanup criteria. Over the long haul, operators in the state will more than likely face delays in the permitting process for new oil and gas projects. This reality is further compounded by the federal government’s recent efforts to curb carbon emissions. Disposal of solid waste materials continues to be a big issue at the state level as well as regulation of air and water quality and the development of public water supply and distribution systems. New oil and gas leasing rules have also been a focus of the state over the last year mainly pertaining to state waters in the Gulf of Mexico. Mississippi’s waters mostly contain natural gas and the state has estimated it could earn $500 million in drilling royalties over the next few years.