MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Members of the Mobile Area Water and Sewer System attended the Tuesday, July 16 Mobile City Council meeting to inform the council on the newest developments on a crude oil pipeline that has been approved to run through the Big Creek watershed.
The Public Service Commission approved the plan, saying that it would help further industrial development in the state.
MAWSS Director Charles Hyland told council members that his office has requested additional information Plains Southcap, LLC. MAWSS owns more than 3,000 feet of property along the proposed route of the pipeline.
"Right now, it's trying to gather as much information as we possibly can about the pipeline itself. Our main concern of course is the safety of the drinking water supply," said Charles Hyland.
The pipeline would run from the Ten Mile terminal in Eight Mile to a refinery in Pascagoula, including running through the Big Creek watershed. Big Creek Lake provides water for the city if Mobile, Prichard, Chickasaw, Spanish Fort, and other communities.
"From our standpoint, we would like to see the alignment of the pipeline outside the watershed," said Hyland. "Anytime it's in the watershed and you have a leak there's a risk of that oil getting into the water supply and that's what we're trying to avoid."
Hyland said questions continue to be asked and plains right now is communicating. Hyland said a consulting firm has been hired to evaluate different aspects of the pipeline. Plains will ultimately foot the bill for that report.
The Alabama Public Service Commission approved the plans for the pipeline stating it would enhance further industrial development in the state. FOX10 News will continue to monitor this situation.
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