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Environmental groups threaten to sue over Yorktown oil terminal permit

Environmental groups threaten to sue over Yorktown oil terminal permit

Two environmental groups say they may sue the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for allowing an oil terminal at the mouth of the York River without properly considering the risks to endangered species.

The Center for Biological Diversity and the Virginia chapter of the Sierra Club, both based in Richmond, filed a letter of intent to sue on Thursday. The letter urges the Corps to reconsider the permit it issued to Plains Marketing in January 2013 that allowed the company to convert an oil refinery in Yorktown into a storage and transportation hub for crude oil.

"The Yorktown terminal poses a serious threat to endangered species like Atlantic sturgeon and sea turtles as well...

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