Public Weighs In On Proposed Searsport Tank
A proposal to build a $40 million dollar propane tank at Mack Point drew a crowd to Searsport District High School, Monday night.It was the first of four public hearings being held on the matter through Thursday.They’re designed to allow supporters and opponents to address the Searsport Planning Board. While the board does not actually decide if the project goes through, they will determine if it complies with the town’s standards.During Monday’s hearing, opponents argued that there has not been enough research done on the impact the project will have on the area.”It has not been carefully studied enough adequately with a full environmental impact statement. They also don’t have adequate emergency services to handle this sort of thing,” said Diane Messer, who came to hear testimony from fellow members of the group, Thanks But No Tank.A spokeswoman for DCP Midstream, the company behind the plan, said they have spent the last two years researching the effects a project of this scale could have. “This has gone through a very thorough review. I mean, the Army Corps, the Coast Guard, which is actually a division of the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Environmental Protection. So, there has been a very extensive process over the last two years looking at all those categories and all those elements,” said Roz Elliott.Searsport business owners in attendance at the hearing expressed concern about what the 22.7 million gallon storage tank would do to tourism in the area. They fear the tower will detract from the town’s views, which could cost them customers.Elliott countered that the project will help boost the economy by bringing jobs to the area.