Along the shores of Belfast Lough, people living in the area have said they cannot understand the logic for the expansion of an oil facility that would see large tankers offloading fuel several times a month.
The £20m project, reports BBC News NI, would see the redevelopment of the Cloghan Point facility near Whitehead.
The company behind it said it would create jobs and deliver cheaper fuel.
The site was built in the late 1970s to serve Ballylumford and Kilroot Power stations.
It did this for several years.
But, in more recent times, the four large tanks have been used to store part of the Republic of Ireland's strategic reserve of diesel and gas oil.
Local people said that meant it was a static site with little activity.
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