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Re: ethanol issue

  • To: Jim Hartmann; Faroll Hamer; Ignacio Pessoa
  • Subject: Re: ethanol issue
  • From: Adam Thiel/Alex
  • Date: 23 May 2008 17:02:35
  • Bcc:
  • Cc: Michele Evans; Tony Castrilli

One thing to add is that NS never officially notified us about their start-up on April 9th; we only knew about it because we had our fire marshals patrolling and looking for new activity at the Van Dorn Intermodal Facility. (Based on prior intel suggesting they were moving ahead with plans to put the transloading operation in service.) As soon as we found out...the rest is history...


    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Jim Hartmann
    Sent: 05/23/2008 04:56 PM EDT
    To: Faroll Hamer; Ignacio Pessoa
    Cc: Adam Thiel; Michele Evans; Tony Castrilli
    Subject: Re: ethanol issue
Faroll you got it right. We will put together a presentation tuesday for the CC meeting, cm oral section. Planning to invite NS.

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Faroll Hamer
    Sent: 05/23/2008 12:58 PM EDT
    To: Jim Hartmann; Ignacio Pessoa
    Subject: ethanol issue
Jim and Ignacio, I just got a call from Rob Krupicka.  He says that the West Enders are working up a major head of steam about the ethanol project -- claiming that the City colluded with the railroad to do this, we knew about it for months, we could have approached Jim Moran or Jim Web but we chose not to because we wanted it to happen, etc.  

I told Rob that we first heard of the project several months ago, and that at that time we believed they were subject to local regulations, in particular that an SUP would be required.  After that, we heard nothing for a number of months, and presumed that the project was not going forward.  When we heard from them again just a month or so ago, we learned that they were ready to go immediately, and that in the meantime a new federal decision had been handed down that preempts local jurisdictions from regulating this type of operation.  As soon as we found out that they were going forward and that we had no jurisdiction, we put together a City team to make ensure the safety of the community.

Rob suggested that the City might want to put something out explaining the time line -- that would be your call.