The Coastal Conservation League and Southern Environmental Law Center have asked for an injunction by a federal judge to stop the construction on the new port terminal in North Charleston. The two environmental groups have made this request because they want to wait until federal highway officials evaluate whether or not I-26 can handle the influx of traffic the new terminal would bring. Approximately 10,000 more vehicles a day would have to travel on I-26 once the new terminal opens.
The State Ports Authority says they will fight the injunction, due to the economic impact the terminal will have on the state once in operation. CEO John Hassell said in a statement while the motion was unexpected, it is unfortunate. He says, “At a time when jobs are critical to the Charleston area and the entire state, the only people trying to stop the creation of good jobs and economic opportunity are the League and the SELC,” Hassels says, “the Ports Authority will continue to aggressively defend its permit and the project.”
The motion is part of a federal lawsuit in which the law center sued the Army Corps of Engineers, saying there were errors in the agency’s plan because they did not consider the impact the new terminal would have on I-26.