Calhoun port doesn't need more pollution

Jan. 30, 2014 at 6:02 p.m.
Updated Jan. 29, 2014 at 7:30 p.m.

Editor, the Advocate:

The Calhoun Port Authority in Point Comfort is planning to open a coal terminal, but does the Crossroads really need more pollution? This proposed terminal's coal dust, which contains cancer-causing heavy metals and causes respiratory diseases like Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), will get into nearby waterways and on homeowners' properties. I encourage Crossroads residents to email the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality by Feb. 3rd and let it know we do not want dirty coal in our backyard, polluting our bays and destroying the livelihoods of shrimpers and fishers.

This import and export terminal will also store dirty coal and petroleum coke for an "off-site user," perhaps Formosa Plastics, the former owner of the site. My fiance talked to the Calhoun Port Authority, and it assured her that it does not have a current customer and was not going to use the property to develop a coal export terminal. If it was not going to use the site for coal and petcoke, why does its air permit to TCEQ say it can export 3.7 million tons of it? If the port is not going to use the site for coal, it should put that in the permit. If it does not have a current customer, then it simply does not make business sense to develop the property. A coal terminal might make even more people leave Point Comfort, resulting in more abandoned houses that will need a government buyout.

The Crossroads does not need to open its doors to any enterprise that drives people away and makes property values plummet.

Justin Massey, Victoria



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