MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Plains Southcap released new information about the construction of the controversial oil pipeline that's expected to go through the Mobile County watershed a few days before it faces MAWSS in probate court.
Plains Southcap's Attorney Jarrod White said in an interview Wednesday, September 11, the oil pipeline is 75-80 percent complete.
The pipeline will run from Ten Mile Terminal in Mobile County to a refinery in Pascagoula, Mississippi. It’s set to go through the Big Creek Lake Watershed, which supplies much of the area's drinking water.
CHANGES TO CONSTRUCTION
The route hasn't changed but White said construction plans have stopped due to a safety study conducted by Kellogg Brown and Route.
Originally, the pipe was only going to be four feet underground on MAWSS property near Hamilton Creek but White said the pipeline is now going to be deeper underground and drilled horizontally.
“It would come in about 50 feet in front of the property and come in as deep as 120 feet then come back out at 50 feet from the other side of the MAWSS property,” White said.
These changes come a day before MAWSS and Plains Southcap go to probate court about a condemnation lawsuit filed by Plains to seize MAWSS property.
“MAWSS signed a letter of intent with Plains to allow this pipeline to be put on this property in the watershed in November of 2012 and Plains continued to work with MAWSS really until about the end of July when it became apparent MAWSS wasn't going to precede on that basis and that's why we had to file this lawsuit,” said White.
MOTION FILED BY MAWSS
MAWSS filed a motion to dismiss that lawsuit arguing the State of Alabama does not allow "L-L-C" companies to condemn land.
PLAINS SOUTHCAP RESPONDS TO MOTION
Tuesday, September 10, the pipeline company filed a response stating MAWSS has known about the project since November of 2012.
In that response, Plains also listed new information about the company’s plans for construction.
"There will be no cutting of trees, no clearing in the MAWSS property (and the pipeline) will be almost 100 feet under Hamilton Creek and have no impact on the Hamilton property in that area," White said.
FOX10 reached out to MAWSS' attorney Jim Atchison but we did not hear back.
The probate court hearing will be held in Judge Don Davis' courtroom Thursday, September 12.
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