MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - The attorney for Plains Southcap, Jarrod White released the following statement July 24 confirming Plains Southcap has filed a condemnation lawsuit to seize MAWSS property.
"Plains has the appropriate permits and approvals for construction of its Gulf Coast Pipeline and has been working in good faith with MAWSS to offer concessions to MAWSS to arrive at a settlement regarding the finalization of construction of its pipeline from its Ten Mile terminal to the Pascagoula refinery.
Plains has proposed an alternate route to MAWSS –that puts the pipeline over a mile from Big Creek Lake, to the outside rim of MAWSS' property. Plains has also offered pipeline enhancements. Given third-party commitments and related deadlines, as well as the length of time required to pursue legal action, Plains has begun the process to condemn MAWSS acreage along the original pipeline route. Plains has offered concessions and asked MAWSS to accept them as soon as possible. We will continue our efforts to negotiate with MAWSS towards this end. Should we come to a resolution, we will discontinue legal action."
-Jarrod White, attorney for Plains Southcap
White said even though Plains Southcap filed the lawsuit, it does not mean the company is officially going to court.
In an interview Monday , White said, "There is a window, once it's filed and MAWSS gets served, they have 30 days to answer and then the judge sets it for a hearing at that point in time. That's one of the reasons there is a window and we want to bring this to closure."
White added the filing of a condemnation is a way to move the process forward but the company still wants to work with MAWSS. He said he hopes the two parties can "work this out" before going to court.
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