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ExxonMobil hearing set for Sept. 6 in Corpus Christi

An architect’s rendering of the proposed office building at the ExxonMobil plastic plant planned for the Gregory-Portland area in San Patricio County. Courtesy illustration

A formal contested case hearing concerning air quality permits for the proposed ExxonMobil plastics manufacturing plant will be held at the Nueces County Courthouse on Thursday, Sept. 6. Gulf Coast Growth Ventures requested the hearing as part of an expedited process to receive air quality permits from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.

The hearing is 10 a.m.-1 p.m. in the Central Jury Room on the first floor of the courthouse at 901 Leopard St. in Corpus Christi. An administrative law judge from the State Office of Administrative Hearings will preside.

The process, which includes the public, is similar to a civil trial in state district court. The public is invited to attend and participate but must first “show you would be affected by the application in a way not common to the general public,” reads a public notice from the TCEQ.

ExxonMobil plans to build the $10 billion plant 1 mile outside of Gregory in San Patricio County, a proposal that has been met with opposition because of the site’s proximity to both a high school and an elementary school.

According to Portland Citizens United, a group formed to oppose the plant, the process could last six months or longer. The group outlined as a concern, “the health effects of small particulate matter, sulfuric acid mist, and other contaminants.”

Lone Star Sierra Club has joined the battle to challenge issuance of the permit. If issued, the permit will allow ExxonMobil to begin construction. When completed, the plant would be the largest ethylene cracker plant in the world.

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