The threat of long trains hauling hazardous coal through downtown Gretna is reaching a boiling point on the West Bank.
Health, traffic and safety remain the top concerns for people who spoke out against the Ram Terminal at Wednesday’s Gretna city council meeting
The proposed terminal would store and process coal from the Midwest then transports it by train to be shipped out over seas.
Plans to build in Plaquemines Parish would require more railroads in Jefferson Parish.
But the city council unanimously approved an ordinance to re-route the entire coal operation’s trains away from Gretna.
Ram Terminal also supports building a new path for trains to bring coal to the Mississippi River.
They’ve put a $350 million dollar price tag on re-routing the tracks to be finished in five years.