Environmental Group Leads Boat Tour

Environmental Group Leads Boat Tour

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From the Convention Center, to just outside Saraland at the Shell Refinery, it's almost surprising how many industries cling to the Mobile River.

“I had no idea there was this much industry on this part of the river I grew up working the river with my dad but they've grown it a lot in the last 20 years,” says County Commissioner Jerry Carl.  The tour showed just about every hot button environmental issue from the last year. 

Arc Terminal got the most attention.  The company is expanding--some worry tar sands could be a problem.

“There is an existing threat that has to be compensated for and I’ve seen no proposal yet come forward. So it's a major concern, something we need to stay on top of and aware of,” says Prichard Mayor Troy Ephriam.  I tried reaching out to Arc for a comment and have not received a call back yet.  To some on this boat growth isn't always good.

“Measure the long term cost of any development against the capital gain that's possible,” says Brenda Bolton.  She argues economic gains won’t matter if it costs a city more in other areas like health costs and environmental damage. 

ABS:  To take a trip up the Mobile River channel it’s almost surprising to see how much industry there is.  The activists who put together this trip say Mobile has to rethink this approach to growth. 

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