- Associated Press - Saturday, August 9, 2014

WOLF SPRINGS, Ala. (AP) - A company researching the development of oil-bearing Hartselle sandstone in northwest Alabama says plans are on hold while the state develops mining regulations.

The TimesDaily reports (https://bit.ly/1sIjk3m ) officials with MS Industries II recently met with State Geologist Nick Tew and members of the State Oil and Gas board. CEO Steve Smith says the board is probably a year or more from having regulations in place.

The company in 2010 began researching oil-bearing mineral deposits that stretch from Morgan County west into Mississippi. The company purchased property in Lawrence and Colbert counties with the plan of using surface-mining techniques to remove the minerals and extract crude oil.

Tew says the board doesn’t have a time frame for the final adoption oil sands mining regulations, with staff continuing to gather key data.

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Information from: TimesDaily, https://www.timesdaily.com/

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