Environmental Study Calls Oil Pipeline Risky

Environmental Study Calls Oil Pipeline Risky

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This 50 page report is the result of an independent environmental assessment of the controversial 41 mile oil pipeline planned to be built through the Big Creek Watershed. It's Mobile County's only drinking water supply and it's the results MAWSS has been waiting for.

"What it says is throughout the report the only sure way to protect our watershed and our drinking water supply is to not put that pipeline through our watershed," Jim Atchison.

Atchison is the water systems' attorney. He says the report's conclusion is simple and stated multiple times. But even still the construction hasn't stopped. Near the intersection of Snow Road and Tanner Williams Road, construction continues on the oil pipeline despite major opposition.

"I can't believe we've gotten to this point that they have barreled ahead building this pipeline with no consideration for Mobile's water supply. Why they are risking our water for economic gain to the company..I do not understand that," said Atchison.

Penny Turner has a front row seat of the construction. Part of the pipeline is being built through property she says was taken away from her.

"My husband asked them to go around and not come through our property. I just think it's a crying shame when these big companies can come through here and condemn your property. I mean no we did not want it, we were forced.. This was force upon us," said Turner, onwer of Frank Turner construction company.

"Our feeling is no matter how small the risk it's too big of a risk to take when it's our drinking water,' said Barbara Shaw with MAWSS.

So the court battle continues. While Plains South Cap has filed to condemn the watershed property in efforts to gain control of the land., the water system's attorney tells me he will soon file a motion to dismiss that case saying the pipeline company is not entitled to the land.

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