RAM Terminals seeks next permitAug 5th, 2013 | By Candace Griffin | Category: news
Public hearing on matter set for Aug. 14
The next controversial step to make the Citrus Lands area an economic engine for the Parish will take place on August 14 when a public hearing will be held for RAM Terminal’s Coastal Use Permit. This meeting will be held at the Percy Griffin Community Center in Davant for 6:30 p.m.
RAM Terminals, LLC. has set its sights on building a new coal export facility just north of Ironton, and is already in the beginning stages of planning.
Earlier this year, RAM acquired property just south of Alliance Refinery in order to construct a coal export facility. This 200-acre property would include a ship dock, with connected rail loop; 34 dolphins used for barge fleeting; and a receiving area with conveyers.
The construction of this facility would create approximately 150 jobs and give Plaquemines Parish an economic boost, said Charlie Wesley, a representative for RAM, but some Ironton and Myrtle Grove residents are concerned that the terminal will have a negative affect on their communities.
The land that RAM purchased is more than a mile away from the north side of Ironton, and both Parish President Billy Nungesser and RAM representative
Charlie Wesley say that precautions will be taken to make sure that there will be a minimal impact on the environment, and the residents in surrounding areas.
“We will have several sprinkler systems in place to make sure that coal dust in the air is kept to a minimum, and all of the water will go through a treatment system before being allowed into the river,” said Wesley.
“The benefits of this facility far outweigh the problems,” said Nungesser. “We need to be embracing industry in Plaquemines. This company wants to do the right thing, and I think the Parish can benefit greatly from them.” RAM chose this site due to its prime location for new development. It is one of the last available areas with rail access, is at a deep part of the river, and has a relatively high elevation, said Wesley.
He also expressed that RAM terminals could be a potential economic engine for the parish, and hopes to one day partner with the Port, which could potentially drive the economy forward.