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Oil in Mississippi: Tuscaloosa Marine Shale Opens New Drilling, Port Opportunities

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Chris Davis

By News Mississippi Affiliate reporter Eddie Ray, with WQNZ Natchez

NATCHEZ, Miss.–A Houston-based energy company is planning to use the Natchez-Adams County Port to ship out what it’s getting from the rich Tuscaloosa Marine Shale oil formation in parts of Mississippi and Louisiana.

Halcón Resources Corp. announced Monday that a well in Wilkinson County is bringing up an average of 1,208 barrels of oil a day.

“We are off to a solid start in the TMS….The TMS is quickly evolving into a world-class oil play,” Halcón Chairman Floyd C. Wilson said in a company statement.

The company also said Monday it has acquired rights to develop an oil-handling terminal at the Natchez-Adams County Port to give Halcón access to refineries on the lower Mississippi River. The port’s infrastructure includes loading docks, pipelines and access to the Canadian National railroad.

Halcón has made land-option agreements with the Adams County Board of Supervisors for buying county-owned properties by the port and at the old International Paper mill site. This development is expected to create about 20 jobs in Adams County, said Natchez Inc. Executive Director Chandler Russ, the community’s chief industrial recruiter.

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