Citizens circle up against proposed Searsport tank

8:22 PM, Jan 5, 2013   |    comments
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SEARSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- The debate over whether a proposed propane tank should be allowed in the town of Searsport has been going on for months. Saturday afternoon many opponents of that tank circled up to make their point that the tank is too big for their small town.

The propane tank that is being proposed by the Denver based company DCP Midstream, will be decided on in just a couple weeks. Today opponents  of that tank gathered in Searport's Mosman Park to form a human circle equivalent to the size of the tanks footprint, a 202-foot diameter.

"It's a gathering to show solidarity. To give, especially the people of Searsport, an opportunity to witness how big this tank actually is," said one of the event's organizers Peter Wilkinson.

More than a hundred people showed up to help form the circle, many of them sharing the same feelings. Judy Staples has attended all of the public hearings that have been held to discuss the proposed tank and is hopeful DCP's application will be denied.

"I don't think it's the direction that Searsport needs to go. I don't think it will offer jobs that people are expecting," said Staples.

According to DCP Midstream spokesperson, Roz Elliot, her company has gone through all the necessary precautions to make sure the tank meets all state and federal environmental regulations.

"This has gone through a very extensive regulatory process at both the federal and state level and certainly environment and safety and waterways and all that were very thoroughly reviewed," said Elliot.

The final round of public hearings for the tank project are scheduled for January 16, 17 and 18 at the Searsport Middle School starting at 6PM.


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