Rockport, Lincolnville to express LPG tank concerns
Rockport — Rockport and Lincolnville select boards voted June 25 to send a letter to the Searsport Planning Board concerning the proposal for liquefied petroleum gas terminal on Mack Point.
A 22.7 million gallon LPG terminal has been proposed by the Colorado-based company DCP Midstream. The Searsport Planning Board is expected to meet July 9 to further discuss the project.
Rockport and Lincolnville join the towns of Islesboro, Camden, North Haven, Belfast and Stockton Springs, each of which also have voted to send letters to the town.
Arch Gillies, of the Islesboro Board of Selectmen, presented at the Rockport board and Lincolnville heard a presentation from Lincolnville resident Arlene Jurewicz Leighton, who read a letter from 30 Lincolnville residents asking the board to send a letter to Searsport. Jeff Leighton, Will Brown and Tony and Whitney Oppersdorff, all Lincolnville residents, also presented various concerns ranging from systemic issues with tank and distribution, mutual aid concerns, and exclusion zone and tanker concerns. Islesboro residents Kim Tucker and Stephen Miller also presented at the meeting, according to an email from Leighton.
Rockport unanimously voted to send a letter, which will be signed by all select board members. Lincolnville also voted unanimously, with board member Julia Libby absent from the meeting.
Gillies told the Rockport board that the tank construction will effect all of Penobscot Bay in ways ranging from safety to security to an increase in truck and waterway traffic. An additional 60 to 120 trucks a day could be added to Route 1 as fuel is hauled to and from the tank facility and traffic on the bay could also be a major issue, he said.
Both Rockport and Lincolnville boards agreed to send a letter outlying the concerns presented at the meeting and not take a stance on either side of the issue.
The Camden Herald reporter Kim Lincoln can be reached at 236-8511 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Reporter Jenna Lookner also contributed to this story.