Decade Long Fight Ends Between Port of Houston and Seabrook

Ten years of contention officially ended today between the Port of Houston and Seabrook.

Late last year the two parties agreed to a memorandum of understanding to end their decade long fight and work out a settlement that both sides could live with. The agreement, signed today on Earth Day, is a milestone says Port of Houston Chairman James Edmonds.

“Well it really is, this is a very significant day and we’re delighted to have the MOU put together where everybody wins something out of it. We have buried our hatchet and agreed not to sue each other anymore and we’re going to go forwards as neighbors.”

Seabrook and the port had been at odds over expansion at the port. Seabrook Mayor Robin Riley led the fight over the years and eventually lead the way to a compromise. He says it was an evolutionary process.

“It was a case where we had the right people at the right time. As you know through the years you end up with different council members, you end up with different city managers, and they have different board members, so it took time and we kept hammering away and hammering away and eventually it came where the planets aligned and we were able to make this thing happen.”

The official signing came at the naming ceremony for the new Seabrook Wildlife Park. KUHF will have more on that story Monday morning.

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