MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - A group dedicated to educating people about the proposed crude oil pipeline, expected to connect Mobile to Pascagoula, has scheduled a rally at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
The group is asking people to gather in front of Government Plaza in downtown Mobile, for a peaceful and educational assembly.
Then at 10:30 a.m., organizers plan to join the Mobile City Council meeting where the Citizens Coalition is on the docket to present a resolution.
A Facebook page shows that about 1,800 people have been invited to take part in the rally.
One of Mobile's most active environmental groups said it will not attend.
"The way Mobile Baykeeper works is research, education, and collaboration, so what we've been doing is spending a great deal of time researching this issue. We're going to spend all of our efforts educating the community about what's happening, and where we can we're going to collaborate, so protesting kind of makes it hard to collaborate with people so we avoid it where we can," said Casi Callaway, Mobile Baykeepers.
The proposed pipeline runs through the big creek lake watershed, which supplies mobile's drinking water.
Mobile Area Water & Sewer Systems hired a firm to study the safety and environmental impact to that area.
And Houston-based Plains All-American, which is overseeing construction of the 45-mile pipeline, said it considered a number of factors when planning for the route of the pipeline.
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