Fate of proposed LPG tank remains unknown



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SEARSPORT — Whether or not a large liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) storage tank and terminal will be built in Searsport remains to be seen, as the town’s planning board continues its review of the proposed project.

DCP Midstream, a Colorado-based subsidiary of Phillips 66 and Spectra Energy, has proposed building a 22.7-million-gallon storage tank and terminal facility near the existing port at Mack Point.

While the proposed tank would be located near an existing tank farm, at 137 feet tall it would stand much higher — nearly three times as tall — than any of those tanks.

The company and others who support the proposal say the facility would bring jobs and additional tax revenue to Searsport.

Opponents, however, argue the tank and associated traffic — ship, truck and train — would present safety risks to the region and have a negative impact on things ranging from property valuations to tourism to overall quality of life.

Local officials in two of the Hancock County towns closest to the proposed project — Castine and Penobscot — said this week they are aware of DCP’s proposal but have taken no official action with regard to supporting or opposing it.

“Nobody’s approached us, and we have not discussed it at a meeting,” said Penobscot Selectman Paul Bowen.

Castine Town Manager Dale Abernethy said selectmen there were approached several months ago by some Penobscot Bay island residents asking Castine to “get on the bandwagon as opposed to the project.”

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Steve Fuller

Steve Fuller

Reporter at The Ellsworth American,
Steve Fuller worked at The Ellsworth American from 2012 to early 2018. He covered the city of Ellsworth, including the Ellsworth School Department and the city police beat, as well as the towns of Amherst, Aurora, Eastbrook, Great Pond, Mariaville, Osborn, Otis and Waltham. A native of Waldo County, he served as editor of Belfast's Republican Journal prior to joining the American. He lives in Orland.
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