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International fuel company purchases a terminal in Wilmington

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An international fuel company plans to open a regional distribution terminal in Wilmington. Vopak North America recently purchased a terminal here in the port area that previously belonged to Exxon Mobil. A spokesman for Vopak said the company is looking into adding enough storage space for one million more barrels of fuel. The spokesman said he is not sure when the company will make a final decision on when to more forward. Vopak is based in the Netherlands and is the world's largest independent tank terminal operator.

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Old Exxon Site on the river

The old Exxon site on the river has some revetments left over from the civil war used to blockade the Cape Fear River. Up on the hillside right next to the water there are places that would be a relic hunters dream place to go metal detect. Over the years coins, cannon balls and other stuff like buttons have been found there. It once was a twin to Fort Anderson protecting the southern approach to the port of Wilmington. Low tide can even reveal stuff that has never been seen before. It's a great place to go in a kayak or small boat and check out. Just watch out for the swampy sections, oil and who knows what oozes out from there into the river from apparent spills long ago by Exxon that have never been properly cleaned up. Actually the daily chemical and oil runoff from the site would qualify as a toxic spill if ever seriously looked into. Anyway, about 50-100 yards downriver from the southern end of Eagle Island on the Wilmington side is where the revetments start and they are up on the hill in the trees. Maybe three or four in all. Check out the Relic Hunters websites for people that post finds that "maybe, possibly" came from somewhere near there.