Searsport tank proposal

DCP Midstream secures state fuel board permit

By Tanya Mitchell | Sep 17, 2012
Source: Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation website

An official with the Colorado-based company that hopes to construct a 22.7 million gallon liquefied petroleum gas storage tank and terminal at Mack Point confirmed the company has secured its final state-issued permit.

DCP Midstream spokeswoman Roz Elliott said the company learned it had been granted its permit from the Maine Fuel Board as of Friday, Sept. 7. The Maine Fuel Board operates under the Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, according to its website.

"Next, we will be scheduling with the planning board to deem our application complete," stated Elliott in an email to The Republican Journal this week. "Then the Planning Board will schedule public hearings."

The lack of a permit from the state fuel board held up the application approval process for the Searsport Planning Board at its August meeting, and the company's lack of the same permit triggered the board's move to deem the application incomplete at its June meeting.

At the Aug. 13 meeting, DCP attorney Kelly Boden said the process of obtaining the permit was delayed because attorneys for DCP and the fuel board had gone back and forth over what information in the application would be included as part of the public record. Boden said some of that information falls under the rubric of safety and security information that she said is protected under federal law.

In response to Boden's explanation, the planning board granted the company a 60-day extension and also agreed to revisit the development application review process again at its October meeting.

 

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