Ala. Officials Concerned Over Oil Pipeline Plans

Jun 25, 2013

The Mobile County Commission is hoping to meet with officials from a company planning to build a crude-oil pipeline to address concerns over its proposed proximity to Big Creek Lake. reports ( ) Mobile Area Water and Sewer System Director Charles Hyland told commissioners during a meeting Monday the proposed Plains Southcorp pipeline is expected to come within 3,000 feet of the lake - which provides drinking water for the Mobile area.

   Officials say the proposed pipeline could carry up to 150,000 barrels of oil per day. The pipeline is expected to stretch from Mobile to a refinery in Pascagoula, Miss.

   County officials say they're not opposed to building the pipeline, but would like to consider moving it farther from the watershed if it presents any potential risks.