Application dismissal delays proposed terminal to ship tar sands oil on the Great Lakes

By KBJR News 1

Application dismissal delays proposed terminal to ship tar sands oil on the Great Lakes

January 9, 2014 Updated Jan 9, 2014 at 3:20 PM CDT

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com) --- Plans to build a loading dock in Superior, Wis. that would open the door to shipping tar sands oil on the Great Lakes has been dealt a set back.

The DNR dismissed an application from Elkhorn Industries to rehabilitate the loading dock that would have been the first step toward shipping oil across the Great Lakes.

Before the project can proceed, the DNR has instead ordered a comprehensive Environmental Assessment of the entire dock project, something many residents called for during a public informational hearing in November.

Elkhorn Industries may re-apply for the permit under conditions set by the DNR in its Dec. 23, 2013 letter to the company. The letter says public comments from the meeting played a role in its decision, and states that the agency "will need significantly more information about the plans and activities proposed for the site."

The DNR cited two other issues saying that Elkhorn Industries does not own the entire waterfront property necessary to complete the proposed project and could not legally apply for work on the property it does not own.

Posted to the web by Krista Burns
kburns@kbjr.com

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