Mississippi Oil and Gas Industry
The first major oil well in Mississippi was drilled following a geological survey in 1939, launching the state's petroleum industry. Gas production in Mississippi peaked in 1956 at about 253.5 million cubic feet, while oil production hit its apex of 65.1 million barrels in 1970.
Oil production in Mississippi has declined significantly since then. As imported oil became cheaper, unprofitable Mississippi wells were abandoned, and investors lost interest in the state.
In 2010, Mississippi ranked 13th in the U.S. in oil production, turning out just over 24 million barrels of crude. Oil production has subsequently remained between 24 and 25 million barrels annually, while gas production has continued to fall, reaching 57 million cubic feet in 2015.
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Mississippi Energy Quick Facts
- Port Gibson, Mississippi's 1,443-megawatt Grand Gulf Nuclear Power Station is the largest single-reactor nuclear power plant in the United States.
- The Pascagoula oil refinery is America's 10th-largest oil refinery, with the capacity to process about 356,000 barrels of oil per day.
- Mississippi has large underground salt caverns which are capable of storing natural gas. The state has about 25% of the nation's total underground salt cavern natural gas storage capacity.
- In 2021, natural gas accounted for 72% of Mississippi's electricity net generation and was the primary fuel used in the state's power plants.
- Mississippi consistently ranks among the 5 U.S. states with the lowest average gasoline prices but among the top 10 states with the highest annual per capita gasoline expenditures.
Explosion Kills 3 Oil Workers in Mississippi
Three construction workers were killed in June 2006 when 2 oil storage tanks exploded in an oil field near Raleigh, Mississippi, according to the New York Times [1.]. The workers were welding an adjacent tank when the tanks exploded. A fourth worker was also injured in the blast, which ripped through the tops of both tanks, tearing away huge discs of metal that landed hundreds of feet away.
"It was like tearing the top off a can of peanuts," said John R. Parker, a member of the Mississippi Oil and Gas Board who was helping searchers recover debris at the scene. "Only these were huge pieces of metal, maybe 12 to 14 feet in diameter. One landed 300 feet away."
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Mississippi Oil Worker Dies After Falling Off Structure
In October 2018, an oilfield worker for Performer Contracts in Pascagoula, Mississippi, fell to his death. The accident occurred at a Chevron oil refinery along the Gulf Coast of Mississippi.
The male victim fell from an elevated platform, a common workplace hazard at oil refineries. Emergency responders and an ambulance were dispatched to the scene, but the man did not survive the fall.
Fatal Occupational Injuries in Mississippi
Fatal work injuries totaled 90 in 2017 for Mississippi, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). Transportation incidents resulted in 55 fatal work injuries, up from a year earlier. Fatal workplace events as a result of transportation incidents accounted for 61% of fatal injury accidents in 2017. Violence and other injuries by persons or animals, and falls, slips, or trips accounted for 10 workplace fatalities each in 2017.
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