Plaquemines Oil Terminal
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Plaquemines Oil Terminal is a proposed oil export terminal in Corpus Christi, Texas, United States.
The terminal will be located on the Mississippi River near Phoenix, Plaquemines Parrish, Louisiana.
- Owner: Tallgrass
- Location: Plaquemines Parish, Louisiana, United States
- Coordinates: 29.668286,-89.967324 (exact)
- Capacity: 800,000 million barrels per day
- Status: Proposed
- Type: Export
- Start Year: 2020
Note: mtpa = million tonnes per year; bcfd = billion cubic feet per day
The $2.5 billion project was approved by the Louisiana Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in April 2019. The terminal would be located next to the planned $1.4 billion Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion and “is not inconsistent” with the coastal Master Plan, according to DNR.
The April 2019 ruling that the project was "not inconsistent" with the coastal Master Plan was contingent on a memorandum of understanding between Coastal Protection and Restoration Authority, the Plaquemines Port and Plaquemines Liquids Terminal that called for a navigation study and a sediment transport modeling study assessing any impacts of the project on the diversion. As of January 2020 these studies had not been made public.
Opponents of the project also object to the state's decision to hold a single public hearing to discuss two different kinds of permits for the project: the coastal permit required from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and the air permit required from the Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ).
The environmental group Earthjustice has raised concerns about the impact of the project on nearby communities. "The Tallgrass Oil Terminal would be built on a greenfield site adjacent to the Plaquemines Parish community of Ironton, also within approximately two miles of the communities of Myrtle Grove and Phoenix," said Earthjustice attorney Michael Brown in a Jan. 9 letter to DEQ.
Articles and resources
- Mark Schleifstein, Oil export terminal next to proposed Mid-Barataria Sediment Diversion gets state’s initial OK, Times-Picayune, Apr. 26, 2019
- Environmental groups say state is moving too quickly on permits for proposed Plaquemines oil terminal, The Lens, Jan. 17, 2020