Community members disturbed over the approval of several projects that will bring Canadian tarsands not only through our area, but beneath the watershed that supplies the area’s drinking water, are urging otherÂ concerned residents to call for a City resolution to protect the health, safety and economic well-being of Mobilians and their natural resources by banning tar sands oil from the city.**
A City Council presentation is planned for the July 23rd meeting with a rally beforehand at 9:30 in the City County Bldg (205 Gov’t Blvd). Residents are urged to attend in support. More informational meetings are planned and an online petition is circulating throughout the community for signatures. Â Click here to sign the petition.
Scroll down for the list of upcoming meetings.
**Tar sands oil, also referred to by industry as â€œbitumenâ€, must be diluted with highly toxic chemicals to become “dilbit”. It has to be heated in order to flow, and is impossible to clean up.
Canadian National Railroad Company (CN) is already shipping tar sands oil through metro Mobileâ€™s residential neighborhoods and downtownÂ business area, with plans to eventually increase to more than 120 carloads of tar sand oil per day. That translates to more than 2Â million gallons of oil entering the city every day. The danger to the community far outweighs any potential benefit.
Much of the toxic sludge will be stored in Arc Terminal tanks on Blakely Island. Because tar sands oil is a thick, asphalt-like substance, trains will need to be unloaded using a steam heating process. The location of the tanks makes them especially vulnerable toÂ catastrophic flooding. Residents are also concerned the toxic sludge will be shipped from the tanks through a more than thirty-year oldÂ existing pipeline under historic Africatown, Prichard and nearby communities, to 10-mile Terminal, before being pushed to Chevronâ€™sÂ refinery in Pascagoula, MS through a controversial Plains Southcap pipeline, currently under construction.
Plains Southcap was given a federal permit by the Army Corp of Engineers, which the Alabama Public Service Commission (AL-PSC) alsoÂ approved, with no consideration of public health and safety. As currently permitted, the pipeline will run from 10-Mile terminal,Â through the watershed of Mobile’s drinking water reservoir, to the Chevron refinery in Pascagoula. Please forward this information invitation to any interested people or groups.
What: Rally and Presentation of a “Resolution to Keep Tar Sands Oil Out of the City of Mobile”
When: Tuesday, July 23rd – Rally begins at 9 a.m., City Council Meeting begins at 10:30 a.m.
Where: 205 Government Street, Mobile, Alabama
What: Organizational Meeting… You are needed in this effort to stop the oil pipeline through our drinking watershed and other Tar Sands projects in the Mobile area.
When: Tuesday evening, July 23rd – 6:30 p.m.- 8:30 p.m.
Where: Corpus Christi Catholic Church, 633 McKenna Dr., Mobile, Alabama 36608
What: Informational Update regarding the oil pipeline through our drinking watershed and all other Tar Sands projects in the Mobile area.
When: Tuesday, August 6th 7:00 p.m.
Where: 5 Rivers, Alabamaâ€™s Delta Resource Center, 30945 Five Rivers Blvd., Spanish Fort, Alabama 36527 (entrance is across from Meaher State Park on the Mobile Bay Causeway)