Tar Sands Project Now on Hold in Mobile

Tar Sands Project Now on Hold in Mobile

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A company planning to build oil storage facilities Mobile has backed away from their proposal for the time being. American Tank & Vessel has withdrawn its application to build. The Mobile Planning Commission was set to discuss the project at a meeting Thursday.

Mobile Mayor Sam Jones says the project would hurt homeowners in the Plateau community.

“Not only is it a residential area it is a historic area it is also on the state historic registry so we certainly don't want that danger because it also has the danger to contaminate the water because it is right there on the Mobile river,” said Mayor Jones.

This may not be the end of the project. The company may have sensed they would be rejected by the Planning Commission and so withdrew as tactical move.

“The public outcry against tar sands in our community has been extraordinary. We don't want it and we are going to fight it and I think we have made that clear. We were even able to make it a campaign issue in our mayoral race so it is a big deal and it is not what our community wants here,” said Mobile Baykeeper Casi Callaway.

If the project was rejected by the commission the company would have to wait six months to apply. Now they can reapply at any time.

The project would build more than two dozen petroleum product storage tanks in Mobile.

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