MOBILE, Ala. (WALA) - Mobile city officials are studying a proposal to build a petroleum storage and distribution facility north of downtown Mobile.
The facility is proposed for an area near the northeast corner of Paper Mill Road and McKinley Street, and could eventually include as many as 37 storage tanks to hold crude oil. That oil could possibly be brought into the facility by pipeline.
PLANNING COMMISSION MEETING
The Mobile City Planning Commission talked about the proposal Thursday afternoon, August 7.
The proposed facility would be built by a company called American Tank and Vessel.
FOX10 News obtained a copy of the proposal description distributed to nearby businesses. According to that description, the plans include the possibility of using a pipeline to receive and export crude oil and other petroleum products.
In the "overview" section of the proposal, American Tank and Vessel said the facility would ship oil of varying grades and other petroleum products into the facility by rail, pipeline or truck, and then export the product by barge, rail, pipeline or truck.
Initial plans are to build five storage tanks with the capacity to store 400,000 barrels. The stored oil would then be pumped to docks on the Chickasabogue and Hog Bayou, then loaded onto a barge.
The company said the site would be built to meet federal safety standards.
Before the planning commission meeting, Mobile city planning officials had some questions.
Richard Olsen, deputy planning director, said, "At this point, I think the type of product, petroleum product, they would be storing is one of the main concerns. Also knowing that, whatever they do, if its approved, will also be regulated by the federal government and their regulations supercede ours."
When asked if they were environmental regulations, Olsen said, "Yes, sir."
The planning commission staff recommended a vote be held over for one month, and that was approved.
NEXT DISCUSSION IN SEPTEMBER
City Council Member John Williams is a member of the planning commission.
He said, "Anytime that we are going to discuss anything that might have thus type of environmental impact and the staff says they don't have enough information, this is the time for the commission to stand back, wait, and get all the information before that."
The planning commission is scheduled to take up the issue again September 5.
REACHING OUT TO COMPANY
FOX10 News reached out to American Tank and Vessel Thursday afternoon. The person who answered the phone said there would be no comment right now, but the company would issue a press release.
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