Mississippi Activists Concerned About Pipeline

Mississippi Activists Concerned About Pipeline

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PASCAGOULA, Miss. -

From the air we've shown you the Alabama side of the pipeline.  That's only about half the story.   The other half of the line, roughly 20 miles, goes through Mississippi on its way to the Chevron refinery.  As in Semmes, some homeowners in Pascagoula just want this project to wrap up.

"Well I would have felt fine about it if they would have come in  march when they got started and got through with it and not five  months later and still have the yard torn up and hardly done  anything," says Dennis Taylor, who is watching construction on his father's front yard.  It appears Mississippi officials had even less notice than Alabama officials.  The Mississippi Department of Natural Resources was one agency Plains filed paperwork with.  Unlike Alabama, Plains did not need approval from the Mississippi Public Service Commission.  They didn't need the Jackson County Board of Supervisors approval either.

"There's damage done to our roads while they're working and that's  the biggest thing we have to watch the pipeline as I see it is good  for us, brings oil into chevron which helps create jobs you know<' says District 1 Supervisor Barry Cumbest.  Activist Toshja Brown says the pipeline caught a lot of people by surprise.  She argues the nationwide permit process through the Army Corps of Engineers is flawed and allows big projects to be approved with little public notice.

"As it stands now it's just looked at piecemeal no one has looked at the impact of this entire pipeline or others like it has on our natural environment," says Toshja Brown with the Steps Coalition in Biloxi.  In an interview last week the lawyer for Plains says they're following all federal guidelines.

"It will comply and exceed those regulations and all those regulations have been met," says lawyer Jarrod White.  As homeowners wait for construction to end, Plains hasn't said when they'll be finished. 

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