Gas project, EJ concerns collide in the Florida Panhandle

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. — Some longtime residents of this city's predominantly Black north side smell trouble in plans to develop a natural gas export h...

November 28, 2022
4:02 PM

PORT ST. JOE, Fla. — Some longtime residents of this city's predominantly Black north side smell trouble in plans to develop a natural gas export hub on a tract vacated by a massive paper mill. The St. Joe Co. plant was a major employer and a major generator of foul-smelling emissions and health concerns for Beverly Ash and her neighbors in this small Florida Panhandle city. 'I can go down this street and name a whole lot of people that passed, on every street here. Most of them had cancer-related illnesses,' said Ash, the owner of Moma Dot's soul food restaurant in North Port St.

Miranda Willson