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Munitions storage facility scrapped after public outcry

Wednesday, January 11, 2012 - 10:30am

An international oil and natural gas services company is withdrawing its application to store munitions at a Shreveport facility. Representative Barbara Norton says the decision was made after residents voiced strong disapproval for the plan.

Richard Robinson lives in the Mooretown neighborhood, less than a mile from the intersection of Hollywood and Jewella, where Weatherford Limited planned to build the facility. "When I was a boy I used to fish in a pond over there and everything and I just don't think it's right, you know. It's in town," he said.

The facility would have brought about two jobs to the area, but school board member Curtis Hooks says that wasn't worth the safety risks. "Everyone that I heard said they can keep the money and take the jobs somewhere else, and they didn't have but two jobs, only two job positions," he said.

A zoning board meeting is scheduled for Wednesday to formally accept the withdrawal of the application. However, Rep. Norton says Weatherford still plans to use the area. She says she's attending the meeting with other community leaders to see what plans are in place.

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