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Moda Ingleside Energy Center (MIEC) upon completion of its 10 million barrel crude oil storage expansion (center) and commencement of construction of additional 3.5 million barrel crude oil storage expansion (right) in Ingleside, TX. Photo credit: Moda Midstream

TX - Injunction filed in federal court to prevent the expansion of Moda Midstream

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas — An injunction filed in federal court by local indigenous and environmental groups Tuesday seeks to pause dredging and other expansion at Moda Midstream in Ingleside.

The preliminary injunction, filed against the Army Corps of Engineers, seeks to enjoin the Corps from approving any dredging or construction activity until a decision is rendered following a complaint filed August 3 in federal court.

“If Moda proceeds, they will irreparably damage sensitive sport fishing marine environments before we have our day in court. Once vital seagrasses and historical artifacts are destroyed, it is impossible to put them back together,” said Jennifer Hilliard, Treasurer of Ingleside on the Bay Coastal Watch Association. “The Army Corps of Engineers granted this permit without considering the full impacts on our local community."

From January 2020 to February 2021, the Moda terminal exported an average of about 780,000 barrels of oil per day. This represented about 24 percent of total crude oil exports in the United States.

Indigenous Peoples of the Coastal Bend, The Karankawa Kadla Tribe, and Ingleside on the Bay Coastal Watch Association argue that the permit was issued to Moda without addressing environmental and community concerns. They say this is a violation of the National Environmental Policy Act, the Clean Water Act, and the Administrative Procedure Act.

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