MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The controversy over the crude oil pipeline Plains Southcap is building continues Tuesday, September 3 in Federal Judge William Steele’s courtroom.
The City of Semmes is trying to stop construction of the oil pipeline that’s set to run through Big Creek Lake Watershed.
The city is using a new ordinance called a fee schedule for land disturbance permits. However, Plains Southcap is challenging that ordinance, claiming it's invalid.
In July, City of Semmes Mayor Judy Hale told FOX10 News construction on the pipeline was temporarily shut down within the city's jurisdiction.
"The pipeline company has to come to us to get land disturbance permits and that's something that has not been done yet,” Hale said in a former interview. "We're working with the pipeline company now to get all the parcels identified they need to get the permits."
A week later, Plains All-American said it acquired the correct permits for the Gulf Coast pipeline from the City of Semmes.
The city's attorney said the new ordinance was approved in February as an amendment to the city's 2012 building code, and applies to all land disturbance permits.
In federal court Thursday, August 29 Plains Southcap called two witnesses to the stand: the project manager and a local expert on municipal ordinances.
Tuesday, Judge Steele will decide whether the ordinance is valid.
FOX10 was told Plains Southcap’s attorney Jarrod White is out of town and not available for a comment.
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