Tense discussions continue on proposed tank in Searsport

5:30 PM, Jan 19, 2013   |    comments
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SEARSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) --- Townspeople are continuing to debate whether a massive liquid propane gas tank should be built on Mack Point.

Denver-based DCP Midstream wants to build the 138 foot tall tank. Company officials say once completed the site will be used to import liquid propane gas into the U.S. --- creating up to 15 new jobs in the Midcoast.

Since last summer, the company has been trying to get Searsport's Planning Board to approve the project. Its been meeting fierce resistance in public hearings. Opponents worry what the tank's effect will be on the local economy in Searsport as well as the environment.

"If it's done this is going to bring industrialization to the upper bay which is the worse place to bring industrialization if you want to have a bay that's sustainable that keeps churning out lobsters at its other end," said Ron Huber of 'Penobscot Bay Watch' who is one of the project's critics.

"We feel very good about the story we've been telling.. the facts that we've gotten out there," remarked Roz Elliott, who is the spokesperson for 'DCP Midstream,' "the economic value...the jobs."

The tank project has already gotten the necessary permits from the Army Corps of Engineers and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. Searsport's Planning Board is expected to rule on it sometime next month.


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