Corps OKs permit for barge facility in Huntington
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. -- A long-running fight over a proposed barge fleeting facility in Huntington could be over.
The Herald-Dispatch said the Army Corps of Engineers notified Mayor Kim Wolfe on Wednesday that it approved a permit for the facility.
Huntington Marine Services has been trying since the 1990s to get permission to build the facility. It would be located along the Ohio River in Huntington's Westmoreland neighborhood.
Residents have opposed the project from the start, claiming it would create coal dust, noise pollution and riverbank erosions. Huntington Marine Services said the facility will be pollution-free and quiet, and could create up to 212 jobs. City Councilwoman Joyce Clark represents Westmoreland and is one of the project's opponents. She said the Westmoreland Neighborhood Association will meet soon to discuss its next steps.