Oil and gas board approves Arlington oil well application

Published 10:39 am Wednesday, January 16, 2013

JACKSON — The Mississippi State Oil and Gas Board has approved RMB Exploration’s application to drill an oil well on the historic Arlington property.

The board approved the application this morning at its meeting.

St. Charles Avenue resident Nona Colombo addressed the board saying she represented other residents living near the proposed drilling site. Colombo said she submitted paperwork to the oil and gas board asking for a 30-day continuance to allow residents in the area to collect more information about RMB’s application from city officials.

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“Residents have not been able to get information on the latest developments of the drilling site,” Colombo told the board.

The Natchez Preservation Commission denied RMB’s application to drill a well on Arlington property last week for the second time.

Oil and gas board vice chairman John Parker told Colombo the board would take her comments and application for continuance under consideration.

RMB’s attorney William Blair said the matter had been continued for several months, and he wished to proceed with the case today.

The board then voted to approve RMB Exploration’s application and deny Colombo’s request for continuance.

The City of Natchez did not make an appearance at the meeting.