New proposal for oil storage tanks

City council meeting

The Mobile City Council is scheduled to hear recommendations Tuesday on where new above ground petroleum storage tanks should be built.

A special committee has been meeting for several weeks to come up with a proposal for the council on where the storage tanks should not be allowed.

One member of the committee said the group has come up with a consensus on a proposal.

Casi Callaway, the Executive Director of Mobile Baykeeper said, “Some of the things it does is, it says you can’t build an oil petroleum storage tank within 15 hundred feet of a community, and, in some cases, especially in the Africatown community, within half a mile.  There are protections for flooding, for how you build it, where you build it, what you build, and really making sure we do it carefully.”

Callaway said she hopes the full city council will vote for the recommendation.

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