Pipeline Company to Support Disrupted Neighborhoods

Pipeline Company to Support Disrupted Neighborhoods

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The company replacing a segment of an oil pipeline in Mobile is taking steps to build a better relationship with the neighborhoods it’s disturbing.

Plains Southcap, Inc. announced Thursday that it will partner with Mobile County Training Middle School and the Africatown Welcome Center. Some of its pipeline work is taking place on the campus of the Plateau school. Plains says it will repair any damage done and make an undisclosed financial contribution to the school.

"It's our practice to leave an area where we do a project such as this, in as good, or better shape than we found it," said Rick McMichael, Director of Operations of Plains Southcap.

The company also announced a donation of $25,000 to the Africatown Welcome Center. The facility, housed in a trailer on Cutoff Road, has been closed due to a lack of funding.

“We are going to repair the trailer so we can get prepared to receive visitors and carry on the history of Africatown,” said museum director Robert Battles.

Plains is replacing three miles of a 40 year-old, 11-mile oil pipeline that runs from the Mobile River near the Africatown-Cochran Bridge to a facility in Eight Mile. The company says the 14.4 million-dollar project should be finished by May.

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