City Council hears Coal Terminal Appeal

  MOBILE, Ala.- Opponents and supporters of a proposed coal terminal in Mobile will have to wait two weeks to find out where the fight is headed next.

The city council listened for three hours Tuesday to people on both sides of the controversial Blue Creek Coal Terminal project.

Opponents told the council about their fears about coal dust and other environmental concerns.

Supporters argued the facility will be state of the art. When it was over, the council decided to delay the vote for two weeks.

“When we have very important issues like this we need time to look at everything to digest the information. This really is the first time that the council has had this kind of information brought to us, so we need some time to look at it,” Council President Gina Gregory said.

“Better that than a defeat is all I can say. I really do not want this coal terminal here. It’s not good for Mobile. It just isn’t,” Steve Herring said.

“I think you heard the emotions on the side of the neighbors and I understand that. But, I think we have a good project. It’s a project that I think is modern and efficient and very small environmental footprint, and I think we showed that today,” Walter Energy Vice President of Communications Thomas Hoffman said.

Hoffman said the company had hoped a voted would come Tuesday.

Fox Ten News exposed past violations at other facilities owned by Walter Energy, the company seeking to build the terminal near downtown.

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However, the company had a lot of supporters at the appeal, including former city council member Reggie Copeland who urged his former colleagues to approve the terminal.

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