Testimony Delayed On Searsport Tank Risk Assessment
The Searsport Planning Board held another hearing Thursday, on a proposed 40-million dollar propane tank.The meeting was originally scheduled for Wednesday but was postponed because of snow.On Monday, the opposition group “Isleboro Islands Trust” released their “All Hazards Risk Assessment”, an independent study they commissioned to investigate what they call, “highly controversial liquefied petroleum gas”.The findings were to be presented by Richard A. Clarke, who couldn’t make Thursday’s meeting following Wednesday’s cancellation.Clarke owns the consulting firm “Good Harbor Techmark”.He is also a counter terrorism advisor to three U.S. presidents, and suggests the planning board not approve their project, as it currently stands. His presentation is tentatively re-scheduled for late January.Instead, a business owner discussed the local economic impacts, and how he believes the terminal will be used to export propane, rather than import it, as the company DCP Midstream claims.”The project violates any number of our ordinances and should be failed on that basis alone,” said Searsport business owner David Italiaander. â€œEvery argument they have thrown out has been refuted by the Army Corps and by federal agencies. Every argument has been refuted so there’s really nothing left to refute except they don’t want it,” said DCP spokesperson Roz Elliot. The Good Harbor report claims that DCP’s current plan leaves residents unprotected and vulnerable to a potential accident.DCP disagrees, saying it is insulting to those federal protection agencies, to question their ability to evaluate safety and protect those in Searsport.