Thursday, April 28, 2016

Future of neighborhood pubic hearing


Public Hearing Tuesday May 24 2016  on the Future land use of our neighborhood






The Planning Commission tabled the proposed amendment on the Future land use of our neighborhood until the next public hearing Tuesday May 24 2016 at 4pm in Council chambers




The Future of our neighborhood should be decided by the residents who are impacted the most.


The applicant owns ample land which is appropriately zoned and suitable for the proposed use.
There is no need for this site selection; it causes more safety and quality of life issues than it solves and provides no benefits to the homeowners.




The planning commission used the term "Recreation" for areas along canals to stop development and help with drainage.  They also decided to use this "Recreation" land use designation for the Valero Energy buffer zone to lower residential, commercial, and industrial future development. The Comprehensive Plan adopted the definition of buffer zone as a landscaped area.  And, Valero Energy planted a row of trees to comply. 






For the Valero buffer zone:  Recreation land use adjacent to the Valero Refinery in order to lower the amount of development – including residential, commercial and /or industrial- that may occur there in the future.  
http://www.stbernardparishcompplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/StBPCP-Comments-Final.pdf




Now Valero seeks changes which are very disruptive to an entire neighborhood. This is a pedestrian friendly neighborhood with all residents from the high school to the plant and our mobile home and trailer parks along the river using our neighborhood as pedestrians.  Yet, some propose adding commercial-industrial related traffic to an area they removed the sidewalks from. It's the epitome of poor planning where our children and residents are no longer a priority.
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B0brISkNUPw2bUhjMmRaMmIzaUU&usp=sharing



The item was rain canceled in February and tabled in March, to allow Valero to provide more information to the residents.  That meeting has not been scheduled.  The April meeting tabled the item upon the applicant's request, "they requested more time to get everything they need".


Now, the public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday May 24 2016 at 4pm in council chambers


 

Link to St Bernard Parish land use and comprehensive plan








 


Thursday, April 21, 2016

poor planning hurts us all



An interesting evening at City Hall last night By Craig Snider

An interesting evening at City Hall last night

By Craig Snider, April 19, 2016It was an interesting evening at City Hall last night.
http://beniciaindependent.com/craig-snider-an-interesting-evening-at-city-hall-last-night/


According to Valero, and the “City’s” Valero-funded contract attorney; the City of Benicia has no right to deny the project, because Valero is a “shipper” and when a shipper uses a train to ship their goods, under federal law, nobody can stop them. That’s it in a nutshell.


In other words, if Valero wanted to ship nuclear waste to their refinery and store it there, the City can do nothing to stop them. End of discussion.


Someone needs to tell the citizens of Oakland to stop wasting their time fighting the Utah coal proposal since that city is apparently powerless to prevent a coal exporter from setting up shop and shipping coal out of the Port of Oakland.


Fortunately, our Attorney General and many other knowledgeable attorneys have informed the Council that this interpretation is wrong. A shipper’s rights do not trump State, County, or City zoning laws.


Unfortunately (for those of us that are tired of this issue), three City Council members agreed to postpone the decision until an “opinion” can be obtained from the Federal Surface Transportation Board which may or may not choose to offer their opinion regarding our situation.


Their opinion, if they offer it, is just that. And the City Council will still have to weigh the merits of the various arguments on either side of this issue and choose.


And in either case, a suit will likely follow.

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Thursday, April 14, 2016

pending buffer zone changes



The planning commission used the term "Recreation" for areas along canals to stop development and help with drainage.  They also decided to use this "Recreation" land use designation for the Valero Energy buffer zone to lower residential, commercial, and industrial future development. The Comprehensive Plan adopted the definition of buffer zone as a landscaped area.  And, Valero Energy planted a row of trees to comply. 






For the Valero buffer zone:  Recreation land use adjacent to the Valero Refinery in order to lower the amount of development – including residential, commercial and /or industrial- that may occur there in the future.  
http://www.stbernardparishcompplan.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/StBPCP-Comments-Final.pdf





Now Valero seeks changes which are very disruptive to an entire neighborhood.
https://drive.google.com/folderview?id=0B0brISkNUPw2bUhjMmRaMmIzaUU&usp=sharing



The item is advertised for another planning commission public hearing on April 26 2016 at 4pm in council chambers


 

Link to St Bernard Parish land use and comprehensive plan








 




 





Wednesday, April 13, 2016

ground water concerns

Valero Energy Meraux refinery ground water contamination concerns in a former solid waste unit and also in near by utility service boxes.


Valero's former solid waste unit was an in-ground unit; since closed, continued monitoring for ground water contamination is performed semiannually. 


February 2016 monitoring detected indicator parameters of concern; with results believed to be anomalous due to error in laboratory analysis; therefore, verification re-sampling conducted.
LDEQ EDMS 101279379
Results showed detections of phenol at 0.0076 milligrams per liter and total petroleum hydrocarbon (TPH) aromatics > C16-C21 at 0.161 mg/l.  The practical quantitation limits for phenol and TPH aromatics >C16-C21 are 0.001 mg/l and 0.15 mg/l, respectively.

In another area of the Valero Energy Meraux, Louisiana plant, recurring seepage of oil into an ATT service box has prompted investigation to identify the source and potential areas of concern for ground water contamination.  Valero Energy seeks appropriate permits and letters of no objection for soil boring --  20 (twenty) 10-foot deep soil borings to be drilled near the Mississippi River Levee. LDEQ EDMS 1014407 and 10088035



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