On May 30, 2019 the Phillips 66 company Bluewater Texas Terminals LLC (BWTT) applied to the U.S. Maritime Admistration (MARAD) to build a single-point mooring (SPM) oil loading platform 15 nautical miles offshore from Mustang Island. On July 8, 2019 the U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) and MARAD announced their intention to prepare an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) to assist in the evaluation of a Deepwater Port License Application for the Bluewater SPM Project.
The Deepwater Port (DWP) would consist of two SPM buoy systems, 56.48 miles of new pipeline infrastructure, and a booster station located on Harbor Island. The onshore component starts with a multi-use terminal south of Taft; two 30-inch pipelines would then extend 22.2 miles to a 19 acre booster station on Harbor Island. From there crude oil would then be pumped out 15 miles to the two SPM platforms situated in 88 feet of water. Phillips intends to use horizontal drilling to pass the pipelines under Redfish Bay and the Lydia Ann Channel in order to minimize the environmental impact.
The environmental assessments that P66 has done (see below) are extensive and the results are impressive. We strongly endorse going offshore in contrast to the environmental disaster, traffic congestion and potential wake damage that the Lone Star Ports--the Port of Corpus Christi Authority (PCCA) and Berry Corp--onshore terminal on Harbor Island would entail.
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