MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - What is now a vacant lot in downtown Mobile may soon be the site of a new coal handling terminal which is about 2,000 feet north of the current McDuffie Coal Terminal.
It’s the latest project local environmentalists are talking about.
"There is constantly coal and coal dust surrounding the McDuffie Coal Terminal. It's in the air, it's in our homes, and therefore we are breathing it,” said Mobile Baykeeper Casi Callaway.
Thursday, September 5 the city’s Planning Commission is scheduled to vote on whether to allow multiple buildings on a single building site in an area zoned for heavy industrial use.
There's not an official start date for when construction would begin on the nearly 40 acre lot. That will be decided after all the approvals for the project are obtained.
"We've got a bunch of questions about how they're going to build this facility and (we’re) insisting they do it in a way that's going to protect public health, protect our environment, (and) protect our waterways," said Callaway.
Tuesday was a victorious one for locals environmentalists regarding two controversial oil projects.
Construction for the Plains Southcap oil pipeline set to run through the Big Creek Lake watershed has temporarily stopped due to a ruling by Federal Judge William Steele. Locals worry it would threaten the drinking water supply for Mobile County and some of Baldwin County.
"The fencing wasn't proper, and the run off was bad and certain areas was shut down. Eventually it got to the point where the whole thing was shut down in Semmes, but like I said they have the right to remedy the situation and go back to work. It's all about complying with the Ordinance," said City of Semmes attorney Jacob Fuller.
In addition to the pipeline ruling, the company that wants to build a petroleum storage and distribution facility north of downtown Mobile, American Tank and Vessel, withdrew its application.
"We saw the application and looked at it last week, saw what it consist of, and also didn't see what petroleum product would be stored in these tanks," said Mobile Mayor Sam Jones.
The coal project environmentalists said this is another issue that will affect Mobilians.
"We don't want to be a dumping ground, we don't want to be the end of the pipe for everybody," said Callaway.
FOX10 reached out to the coal company, Walter Energy, about the project but did not hear back.
The planning commission meeting will begin at 2 p.m. at Government Plaza.
The trial for Giuseppe Pino LoPorto continues today in Baldwin County. LoPorto, now 80-years-old, faces several sex abuse charges against a child dating back to the early 90s.
FOX10 News has learned William "Eddie" Patrick, captain of Mobile's First police precinct, has been demoted following an internal investigation.
The Mobile Jaycees announce the members of the 2014-15 Azalea Trail Court.
Pastor of Lifeway Community Church Mike McPherson says thieves stole presents that would have been given to needy children.
A man who bought a bicycle three weeks ago finds out it was originally stolen, according to the original owner who reported it missing in October.
If you were in the Foley area Thursday, you may have seen a helicopter, police and K-9 units. That’s because a store in Foley was robbed this morning at gunpoint. Eventually, the search was called off. The suspect is still on the loose.