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Port Aransas Residents Voice Concerns Over Refinery Development

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PORT ARANSAS (Kiii News) -

The community of Port Aransas seems to be in one accord in their opposition to having a refinery built near there. That sentiment was expressed Thursday during a special meeting at City Hall.

It was a special planning and zoning commission meeting, and if there was one clear and resounding message that emerged from the meeting, it was that Port Aransas does not want to have a refinery built near their community.

"You guys are appointed or elected to represent this town," a Port Aransas resident said. "Please do the right thing. There is not anybody that wants this refinery in our front door. Please."

That comment, which received plenty of applause, seemed to capture the opinion of the residents that showed up for the special meeting. The concerns of community members surround a recent proposal by Martin Midstream to develop a refinery on Harbor Island.

The proposal developed after Martin Midstream purchased land from the Port of Corpus Christi. The deal between Martin Midstream and the Port has since fallen through, but even so, the plan still spurred lots of concern in Port Aransas.

"You look at the location of where those proposed activities are going to be, and a golfer like Jon Daly can basically drive a golf ball from where a house is on the Port Aransas side of Mustang Island, and he could land that ball on the dirt side on Harbor Island," Port Aransas City Manager David Parsons said. "That's a little bit close. Too close for comfort."

Parsons said citizens have concerns over the potential of odor, noise and lighting issues that may come from a refinery, and that Port Aransas is a tourist and destination community that feels they have the zoning authority to put in place uses that best fit their city's destiny.

A public hearing on Harbor Island district zoning changes will be held Jan. 16. The changes will basically prohibit the building of a refinery like the one that was proposed by Martin Midstream.

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