A petroleum distribution company has dropped plans to add more storage tanks as part of an overhaul of its Marrero facility.
Magellan Midstream will go forward with other aspects of the project but not the addition of 13 tanks to the 53 that are already on the property, company spokesman Tom Byers told the Jefferson Parish Council on Wednesday.
That expansion had raised concerns from neighbors and, in early versions of the proposal, would have put the tanks too close together or too close to the property line to be in compliance with parish requirements, Parish Planning Director Terri Wilkinson said.
The company will move forward with plans to demolish and replace one of the tanks now on the property as well as to add a railroad spur and new heater to the site.
Those changes will come up for approval at the Parish Council meeting on Nov. 5.
However, under an amended version of the ordinance that will allow the upgrades, the company will be required to install an alarm system to alert neighbors of safety issues that would require an evacuation near the River Road site. It also must provide a phone number residents can call to report odors from the petroleum storage facility.