Gulf Islands Conservancy, Inc.

Dedicated to the preservation and protection of the barrier islands and coastal wetlands of Mississippi.

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Latest Press Coverage is listed on the 12 Miles South Coalition web site.


Estimating the Economic Impacts of Gas Exploration and Development in Mississippi Sound, prepared by EcoNorthwest, May 24, 2005.  Executive Summary
Full paper

5/28/05 - GIC's PowerPoint presentation from Jackson hearing

5/28/05 - Maps of Lease Blocks in Mississippi Sound and around the barrier islands

5/26/05 - Poll on offshore exploration and drilling.  Your opinion counts - make it known!  Vote and leave a comment, too.

Online form to send an email to Senator Cochran

More Photos from Dauphin Island, April 29, 2005, Don Abrams.  It's difficult to envision what the rigs look like from these photographs.  You should drive over to Dauphin Island and see for yourself.  Most of the rigs seen here are substantially further from shore (2.5 to 4 miles) than the proposed 1-mile separation from the islands in the GINS.

with rig /without rig simulation

Photos from Dauphin Island
Libby Graves shot these photos on April 21, 2005 (also from shore, using telephoto lens)

Petition available for download. A cause heavily supported by the eco friendly SYH project, they are heavily focused on house automation and how does that help save the environment. If you want to go eco and you are wondering what is the best smart thermostat, SYH is a good starting point. 

Gulf Islands Conservancy, Inc.
Post Office Box 1203
Gulfport, MS  39502-1203

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April 25, 2006 - A charter boat skipper reports seeing a seismic boat working south of Horn Island near the southern edge of the state waters.  Please report any sightings by phone to 228.323.1668.

If you love our coast and barrier islands and you want to protect them, now is the time to step up to the plate and do it.  The proposed plan for exploration and drilling in the coastal waters of Mississippi is poorly conceived, inappropriate, and downright wrong for the Mississippi Coast.  We urge you to learn about the issue and join the fight to block inappropriate exploration and drilling here in our home. 

It's time to put an end to the secrecy and misinformation surrounding the proposed MDA plans.  It's time to examine the issue in public and change courses to do what's right.  It's painfully obvious that we can't count on the MDA or the State of Mississippi to act in our best interests or even to provide good information to the public.  It's up to us - the people who live here and love this area.

To express your opinion:

Call and write Governor Barbour, Senator Thad Cochran, Senator Trent Lott, and Mr. Leland Speed, Director of the Mississippi Development Authority.  Senator Cochran is Chairman of the Senate Appropriation Committee.  The MDA has responsibility for offshore leasing. 

Governor Haley Barbour
P.O. Box 139
Jackson, MS 39205
phone: 601.359.3150
fax: 601.359.3741

[email protected]

Mr. Leland Speed
Director, Mississippi Development Authority
P.O. Box 849
Jackson, MS 39205-0849

Senator Thad Cochran
113 Dirksen Office Building
Washington, D.C. 20510

[email protected]

228-867-9710 (includes web form for email)

Senator Trent Lott
487 Russell Senate Office Building Washington, DC  20510

[email protected]

(202) 224-6253
(228) 762-5400
(601) 965-4644
(228) 863-1988
(includes web form for email)

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Contact the Mississippi Sierra Club or stop by Realizations or Chandeleur Outfitters in Ocean Springs.

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