On Thursday, February 27, the Board of Mobile Area Water and Sewer System and Plains Southcap reached a negotiated settlement agreement in ongoing battle concerning the construction of a pipeline through the Big Creek Lake watershed.
In a ruling from the Alabama Supreme Court, Plains Southcap has agreed not to transport tar sands through the pipeline. The company previously stated the pipeline was not intended to do that.
Plains agreed to pay MAWSS $2.7 million, which the water system will use to help protect Mobile’s drinking water supply.
MAWSS said this wasn’t the outcome it wanted, but “is the best under the circumstances.”
Plains Southcap sent the following statement:
“Plains Southcap is pleased to have reached a settlement with MAWSS to secure the right of way to construct the pipeline along the previously announced route that was approved by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Plains has worked hard to listen to the concerns presented by MAWSS and the community, and we have followed the recommendations of MAWSS’ retained engineers to enhance the safety of the pipeline. Plains is committed to designing, constructing, operating and maintaining this pipeline in a safe and reliable manner.”