"A Midwest energy company on Friday canceled controversial plans for a $2.5 billion oil export terminal and pipeline in Plaquemines Parish after facing numerous obstacles to development. Instead, Tallgrass Energy Partners said it will consider other uses for the site.
Among the factors cited for the company's decision were climate change, the world's move away from burning fossil fuels for energy and local residents' objections that the Plaquemines Liquids Terminal project would be built over a cemetery and disrupt other cultural sites.
Located just up the Mississippi River from Ironton on the west bank, the 200-acre site is owned by the Plaquemines Port Harbor & Transit District and leased to Tallgrass. It was once was part of the St. Rosalie Plantation, and residents of Ironton, many of them descended from persons who were enslaved there, opposed the project."