- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

CONVENT, La. (AP) - The St. James Parish Council voted Wednesday night to deny Wolverine Terminal Corp.’s application to build a $30 million crude oil terminal and blending operation in Paulina.

The resolution cites the parish’s new land use and development ordinance as part of the parish council’s decision to deny Wolverine a land use exemption to build its proposed project.

The Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/1tjLFtF ) the parish council followed the parish’s Planning Commission’s recommendation to deny Wolverine the exemption based on the opposition of residents to a new industrial project so close to their homes and on the industry’s incompatibility with the parish’s land use plan. As a requirement of last month’s permit denial, the Parish Council also had to formally present a resolution stating its decision “to make it proper,” Parish President Timmy Roussel said.

Wolverine’s proposal included rail and dock facility improvements along with storage tank construction that would enable the company to receive heavy crude oil shipments by rail from Canadian and U.S. locations and to ship blended oil products by Mississippi River barge to domestic customers.

The resolution, approved in a 6-1 vote, states more reasons why government officials voted to keep Wolverine from building in Paulina.

Wolverine’s economic development benefits were not as substantial as other industrial projects, the resolution says. Wolverine offered fewer direct jobs, for instance, than the 85 direct jobs projected for the proposed South Louisiana Methanol LP plant that is also under consideration for approval under the land use ordinance.

The resolution says Wolverine did not present information showing whether other sites, like the American Iron Reduction site or the CS Metals site, both in Convent, would be inappropriate for its proposed terminal and blending operation.

Also, Wolverine’s proposal had too low a threshold “of compelling public benefit” and, if approved, would justify industrial development being built anywhere in the parish, the resolution says. That would undermine the goal of creating quality residential areas away from industry.

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Information from: The Advocate, https://theadvocate.com


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