MEMPHIS, Tenn. (WMC) - In a surprising announcement Friday night, the company pushing the Byhalia pipeline called off the project. It comes after months of protests against the pipeline. Some viewed it as a battle of David versus Goliath. Leone said the decision was “primarily due to lower US oil production resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.”
The fight against the construction of the Byhalia Pipeline continues. If cleared, the pipeline carrying crude oil would go through parts of Southwest Memphis and would be built on top of the Memphis Sand Aquifer, the city’s source of drinking water. Dozens of community members and activist groups showed up to Alonzo Weaver Park on Sunday for a rally hoping to put a stop to it.
Shelby County Commissioners are considering a new ordinance that could be another potential blow to the controversial Byhalia Connection Pipeline.The project would weave through mostly Black neighborhoods in Southwest Memphis.“This is bigger than the pipeline.This is about our lives and about our futures,” said Justin J. Pearson, co-founder of the Memphis Community Against the Pipeline.
A man is dead and a child was injured after a shooting in Southwest Memphis.According to Memphis Police the shooting happened in the 1700 block of Boxtown Sunday evening.Authorities located a child and transported them to Le Bonheur Children's hospital.Medics say the child's injuries are not life threatening.