Shale Support Services submits request with Corps to expand

Published 7:00 am Wednesday, August 1, 2018

The public has two days to file concerns with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers concerning a request from Drying Facility Asset Holdings, LLC, also known as Shale Support Services, to expand into wetlands near Picayune.

According to the public notice listed on the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District website, the public request in question is application number MVK-2012084.

The company, locally known as Shale Support Services, is located within the city of Picayune’s Industrial Park. The request states that the company is applying for a permit to discharge fill material into wetlands on its property. The proposal would impact 3.76 acres of wetlands on that property.

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Expansion of usable property would make way for silos, storage buildings, hoppers, cleaning stations and stations for loading and unloading of sand.

Additional railroad spurs are also proposed in the project, one of which would be 3,565 feet and be capable of holding 67 rail cars. A second spur would be 2,420 feet and provide space for 48 rail cars. Two maintenance and five raw material rail spurs are also proposed. All of the rail spurs would connect to the Norfolk Southern railroad right of way nearby.

To fill the 3.76 acres of wetlands, 12,132 cubic yards of silty clay loam will be used.

The public notice states that vegetation in the proposed area is comprised of Chinese tallowtree, sweetgum, loblolly pine and groundsel trees.

In order to compensate for the loss of wetlands in the area, the company proposes purchasing credits from the wetland mitigation bank, the public notice states.

Areas of historic significance are said to be absent from the proposed area and impact to endangered species in the form of the black pine snake, dusky gopher frog, gopher tortoise, ringed map turtle and wood stork is not expected.

Anyone with concerns about the public notice has until Thursday to submit them to the Corps of Engineers at or by calling 601-631-5540.