Community activist group to serve as a "watchdog" for the new Exxon/SABIC plant
The group, Portland Citizens United, have been against the Exxon/SABIC plastics plant location from the beginning. One member made it clear they are not going anywhere.
Errol Summerlin is an active member of Portland Citizens United. He says the group will now act as a "watchdog" for the new plant. Their first task, focus on the permitting process.
"We're going to continue to battle the permit process. Both the air quality permit and as well as the wastewater permits," said Summerlin.
If that doesn't work, they plan to as the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to impose as many restrictions as possible on the plant. Including having the plant use the most modern technology to monitor air and water quality.
"We believe that the overall impact to air quality and our environment combined with what else is going on around here is going to affect our health," said Summerlin.
The Portland City Council was also against the location. They were the only entity to pass a resolution against the location of the project. But now, the Mayor says he's for it.
"After listening to Exxon Mobile and all their presentations, we feel safe with them now," said Portland Mayor David Krebs. "We're gonna welcome Exxon Mobile into the community and we're gonna work with them."
Krebs and Summerlin feel the company has listened to many of the community's concerns. The company has proved that with the new "Good Community Program." It is designed to address concerns of quality of life, healthy and safety, education and workforce, and environmental stewardship.
The only concern Summerlin says the company hasn't listened to, is the community's concern of the plant's location.