Attorneys for Petroplex have reportedly appealed to the St. James Parish president in Louisiana, US, to revoke a stop-work order that was issued a month ago that is preventing the company from completing construction of a new crude storage tank farm in Vacherie.
The $800 million (€680.4 million) tank farm was put on hold on 4 December, five months into construction, after the parish permitting office issued the order. Parish officials stated construction was not progressing fast enough as the reason for the order, though Petroplex has disputed this claim.
Construction of the new facility has been a source of contention in the area, with the project initially prohibited on land deemed residential and agricultural by the Parish Council. A land-use waiver was eventually given, allowing Petroplex to commence development in July last year.
It us currently unclear whether or not the project will be allowed to continue. If completed, the tank farm could have 10 million barrels of storage capacity to handle and blend crude oil as well as petrol, diesel, vegetable oil, and petroleum products.