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Group To Discuss Petroleum Tank Concerns

MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) A 53-acre site that was once home to the International Paper Company now sits empty, but it may not be empty long. A new company is hoping to move in and use the site to store huge amounts of petroleum.

The plan isn't sitting well with some Mobile residents, and they're calling for more transparency.

"We feel that the more people know, the better the decisions will be," said Brenda Bolton.

Bolton recently learned about plans for a 37-tank petroleum storage facility on Paper Mill Road, north of downtown Mobile. She's spent hours researching the project, and has several concerns.

"It is directly across the street from a neighborhood that includes schools, community centers, playgrounds where children play," Bolton said.

It's also just yards away from the waterfront. The site is adjacent to Hog Bayou, which opens directly to Mobile River.

The site would store more than 2,000,000 barrels of petroleum in 64-foot-tall tanks. Bolton said the waterfront location raises safety questions.

"It's pretty obvious what will happen in the kind of weather events we have here on the Gulf Coast," she said.

The company behind the proposal is Mobile-based American Tank and Vessel. We couldnt reach them Monday evening for comment. The company is set to address the Mobile Planning Commission on Thursday about the project.

Boltons group plans to meet ahead of that hearing,Tuesday night, to talk with the public and answer questions. They will meet at Five Rivers Delta Resource Center at 6:40 p.m. She said their objective is education to make informed decisions.

"We dont want people to look back and say, if we had known, we would have voiced our concerns. Thats what happened with the pipeline," she said, referencing the controversial oil pipeline through Mobiles watershed, "We dont want it to happen again."

 

 
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