Pipeline cutting through wetlands to Chevron plant

JACKSON COUNTY — Heavy machinery is cutting wide ditches through 41 miles of wetlands in Jackson County.

The Sun Herald reports that Plains Southcap ,LLC of Mobile, Ala., is getting its two-foot-wide pipeline for crude oil into the ground rapidly.

The pipeline’s path runs from 10 miles northwest of Mobile through eastern Jackson County to the Chevron Pascagoula refinery on the Mississippi Sound.

Plains says it expects the pipeline to be complete by the end of the year. It told the newspaper the pipeline is designed for light and medium crude oil.

Its permit requires the company to restore the wetlands it digs through.

Environmental groups are asking if it’s necessary and whether it’s adding insult to an area trying to recover from the BP oil spill.

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