Time to talk tank
For the last two years Searsport and many of the surrounding towns have paid close attention to the possibility of a 22.7-million-gallon liquefied petroleum gas terminal constructed at Mack Point.
The proposal submitted to the Searsport Planning Board this past spring by Colorado-based DCP Midstream has been determined complete and now will be discussed in public hearings. The first hearing, on Monday, Nov. 26, will likely be limited to testimony by DCP representatives as they lay out their proposal. After that, the public will get its chance to weigh in over a three-day period from Tuesday, Nov. 27, through Thursday, Nov. 29.
Our hope for these hearings is that everyone interested in this issue, on both sides, will turn out to weigh in on the proposal and listen to the points made by other residents. Thus far, the conversation at public meetings has been mostly between a few ardent opponents and the representatives of DCP Midstream. So, we'd like to hear some new voices from the community expressing their opinions, and no matter what their opinion, we all have to be respectful of each other at these meetings.
The Planning Board has done a good job so far in reviewing the completeness of the project and has been able to keep the meetings in order for the most part. We were happy to see the Board at its last meeting vote to keep the public hearings open until an all-risks hazard assessment report being compiled by Good Harbor Techmark is completed in January. This is an important study and should be part of the Planning Board's review process. We hope that in the future a review of public safety for industrial projects will become an official part of the Planning Board's review.
While it will likely be several months before the Board makes its decision, we have finally come to the point where residents have their official chance to impress their opinions on the decision makers — their only opportunity, since the Army Corps of Engineers declined to hold public hearings. So make sure to attend the meetings beginning at 6 p.m. in Searsport District High School from Monday, Nov. 26, through Thursday, Nov. 29.
Here are a few fun facts you can share with family around the table during your Thanksgiving meal this year:
- The Pilgrim leader, Gov. William Bradford, organized the first Thanksgiving feast in 1621. He invited the neighboring Wampanoag Indians to the feast.
- Lobster, rabbit, chicken, fish, squashes, beans, chestnuts, hickory nuts, onions, leeks, dried fruits, maple syrup and honey, radishes, cabbage, carrots, eggs and goat cheese made up the first Thanksgiving feast.
- Benjamin Franklin wanted the turkey to be the national bird of the United States.
- Sarah Hale, an American magazine editor, persuaded Abraham Lincoln to declare Thanksgiving a national holiday.
- Congress passed a law on December 26, 1941, ensuring that all Americans would celebrate a unified Thanksgiving on the fourth Thursday of November every year.
- In the U.S., about 280 million turkeys are sold for the Thanksgiving celebrations.