Opponents say planned ExxonMobil plastics plant would devastate Gulf Coast environment

Critics want the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to block permit applications by Exxon/SABIC.

AUSTIN — A proposed plastics manufacturing facility in San Patricio County promising to bring up to 6,000 high-paying jobs and pump as much as $90 billion into the Coastal Bend economy would be an environmental nightmare and fall short of its economic forecasts, according to environmental groups.

"They chose to locate where the complex and all of its operational components will have a devastating impact on our environment and public health," said Errol Summerlin of the Coastal Alliance to Protect Our Environment at a Thursday news conference near the state Capitol.

Summerlin, a retired lawyer, said he lives about a mile-and-a-half from the proposed site. He and others opposing the Gulf Coast Growth Ventures, a partnership between ExxonMobil Chemical Co. and Saudi Basic Industries Corp. to build the word's largest plastics plant, are urging the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality to reject permit applications.

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