The New Orleans Times-Picayune reported that on Jan. 8 the Plaquemines Parish Council denied the controversial RAM Terminals LLC coal export facility’s building permit.
There were already issues for the project from a December ruling by Plaquemines Judge Kevin Connor that the state Department of Natural Resources coastal-use permit for the facility was invalid and that the state must “investigate alternative sites,” the newspaper said. Connor, in his Dec. 23 ruling, remanded the case to the DNR for further proceedings.
Eight of the parish council members on Jan 8 voted against the building permit, with one abstaining.
The Sierra Club on Nov. 10 of this past year vowed to keep fighting this coal export terminal project on the Lower Mississippi River following a Nov. 7 approval by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers of a key project permit. The permit allows RAM Terminals, an affiliate of western Kentucky coal producer Armstrong Energy, to fill wetlands and construct its proposed RAM coal export terminal in Plaquemines Parish, La.