Thursday, July 19, 2012

Fighting a barge dock

For nearly 40 years, I have written about how people in some neighborhoods or communities have resisted plans to build barge docks near their homes. In the 1970s and 1980s, it was opposition to coal loading docks. Since the mid-1990s, people in one neighborhood here in Huntington WV have been fighting a proposal to park barges along the Ohio River there. Yesterday the Huntington District of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers issued the permit to build the dock, but the fight might not be over yet. Here is how the residents plan to continue the fight.