Back in May, the future Ford EV battery plant known as BlueOval Battery Park Michigan faced an early legal challenge in the form of a petition organized by local residents concerned over sheer size of the site that wanted bring the matter to a public vote. That petition – created by the “The Committee for Marshall – Not the Megasite,” collected enough signatures to do precisely that, but upon review, the Marshall City Clerk determined that only 136 of those 800 signatures were valid and ultimately rejected it. The group behind the petition wound up challenging this decision in court – which was rejected as well – and now, a second lawsuit has been filed by opponents of this future Ford EV battery plant, according to WWMT News.
This second lawsuit was also filed by The Committee for Marshall – Not the Megasite, which alleges that the judge overseeing the first lawsuit was wrong to reject it. As was the case with the first lawsuit, this one claims that the group’s constitutional rights were violated when the Marshall City Clerk rejected their petition, which aimed to bring the matter of whether or not the BlueOval Battery Park Michigan site should be rezoned for industrial use to a public vote.
For its part, the city of Marshall alleges that this matter cannot be put to a public vote because money has already been appropriated for the project, though the lawsuit claims that this simply isn’t true. The filing also claims that the financial appropriations – as well as the ordinance itself – are not legal.
This is just the latest piece of drama surrounding the construction of the new Ford EV battery site, which will license technology from CATL to build lithium-iron phosphate batteries for future Blue Oval all-electric models. In fact, CEO Jim Farley recently traveled to Washington to meet with lawmakers concerned over CATL’s Chinese ties.
Updated: WWMT originally reported that The Committee for Marshall – Not the Megasite had filed a second lawsuit over this matter, which isn’t the case. Rather, the group has filed a legal brief to continue the case in court.