Vote fails to satisfy train opponents

  // Wednesday, 13 August 2014 22:24 //

The Gretna City Council unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday night supporting a proposal to reroute the railroad tracks out of Gretna.

However, dozens of area residents who attended the meeting called the non-binding resolution a toothless gesture that will do nothing to prevent coal-filled trains from rumbling by their homes if a proposed coal export facility in nearby Plaquemines Parish becomes a reality.

The residents, organized by the Clean Gulf Commercial Coalition, said the unfunded, decade-old study by the New Orleans Regional Planning Commission on relocating the tracks won’t help them if the U.S.

Army Corps of Engineers approves a permit for the RAM Terminal export facility near Myrtle Grove and it starts drawing railcars through West Bank communities.

“My kids will probably be out of the house by the time of the rerouting,” said Jennifer Holly, who just moved to a house on Madison Street with her two children.

The group, which came with signs reading “No Coal Trains,” wanted the resolution amended to specifically oppose the RAM Terminal, but the council was unwilling to do that.

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