A resolution asking the state Legislature to allow the Sebastopol Natural Gas District to expand into the western part of Neshoba County including the Pearl River community was passed earlier this month by the Board of Supervisors.

Lee Stribling, an attorney for the Sebastopol District, told supervisors that the expansion would allow the district to make natural gas available to several poultry farms and other households in the western part of the county.

This would be a significant savings to the poultry farmers, Stribling said.

He said the expansion would also target businesses on the Pearl River Reservation, noting that gas officials were in discussions with the Choctaw Tribe.

The district currently provides natural gas to the southwestern portion of the county only.

If approved, the proposed route of the natural gas line would be mostly along Mississippi 21 south to an area in the vicinity of the Neshoba County Fairgrounds, where it would cross over toward the Pearl River community, Stribling said.

"We will run the pipe line on right-of-way and try to limit the number of easements," Stribling said.

He said the Gas District would like to run the pipe line this year.

The Sebastopol Natural Gas District was created in 1998. It was expanded initially into Neshoba County in 2008.