Court Hearing Today On Pipeline And Semmes

Court Hearing Today On Pipeline And Semmes

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On maps you can see how the pipeline runs through Mobile’s watershed.  The discussion in federal court this afternoon revolves around stop work orders by the city of Semmes.  City officials say parts of the construction areas aren’t being properly maintained to prevent runoff.   Plains Southcap is asking a judge to rule on whether these orders can be maintained. 

Lawyers for Plains Southcap argued Semmes ordinance governing the stop work order is too vague to be valid.  They also claim the city has no authority over pipeline projects.  Semmes’ lawyers disagree.  They say the ordinance is valid and allows the city to enforce orders on structures, including pipelines. 

Other efforts to stop the pipeline’s path through the watershed are already in the works.  The Mobile Area Water and Sewer System filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit by Plains Southcap in probate court.  A hearing for that will held September 12th.  The Mobile County Commission has sent a huge list of objections to the Army Corps of Engineers.  Commissioners want the corps to revoke Plains Southcap’s permit. 

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