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    ProudNewEnglander, GoUBears

    is a spin-off of Duke and Conoco Phillips, based in Colorado, and engaged in the business of storing and transporting fuels. DCP proposed to build in Searsport a 22 million gallon propane storage tank, saying it would import
    propane from abroad, solving Maine's energy needs and providing jobs to a depressed economy. It easily procured all the permits it needed from LePage's administration, the Maine fuel board, the Army corps of Engineers, and needed only to pass the Searsport  local planning board to begin construction. A group of locals formed an opposition, pointing out that this was an extraordinarily bad idea that endangered Searsport and Penobscot Bay environmentally and economically.
    The  planning board originally scheduled two or three hearings last fall  but the opposition was such that the  hearings stretched to a dozen or more and went into March. None of the major politicians, even Pingree, would come out against DCP, and also the established enviromental groups -Sierra Club, NRDC, etc- stayed away; they had been compromised by a former deal with the MDOT  regarding Sears Island, and they were busy with a pipeline in Portland.  But the citizen's group, by the name of Thanks But No Tank (google it for more info) prevailed, as many diverse people came to see this as an unsafe corporate takeover of land and water and DCP as a company which could not be trusted. The planning board found the proposal not to comply with local ordinances and voted DCP away.  That's the short story. There were many twists and turns over two years that it went on, and the background issues of and fracking became stronger throughout.

    •  Wow (0+ / 0-)

      This is quite a story. I see how local environmental issues can transcend partisanship. Good for the people of Searsport!

      (-8.38, -4.72), CT-02 (home), ME-01 (college) "The needs of the many outweigh the needs of the few, or the one." -Spock

      by ProudNewEnglander on Sun Jun 30, 2013 at 07:55:10 AM PDT

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