Some Murray County residents aren’t convinced that the Appalachian Regional Port expected to open in 2018 won’t harm the north Georgia area more than it will help it, and a recent meeting with representatives of the Georgia Ports Authority and the CSX Railroad did little to allay their concerns, according to a report in the Dalton Daily Citizen:
During a recent meeting with residents of northern Murray County, officials with the Georgia Ports Authority vowed to work with them to ease any concerns they have about an inland port planned for the Crandall area, and to take steps to reduce its impact on that area.
“But we aren’t going to move it (the port) somewhere else,” said project manager John Trent. “I’m sorry. That just isn’t going to happen.”
About a half dozen citizens opposed to the port met at the Murray County courthouse annex with officials from the ports authority, CSX Transportation and Murray County Sole Commissioner Brittany Pittman.
Objections to the site of the port were raised back in September, with opponents citing concerns about the environment and noise pollution.
Meanwhile some citizens in Murray County have started a change.org petition in support of the port. Among the reasons cited to support the port in the petition are the possibility of increasing industry in the county, making goods, including carpet and tires, more competitive in the global market, and increasing the county’s tax base.