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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    An investigation into the police conduct at a public hearing for the LPG tank proposal in Searsport last November has concluded that the police did not violate any procedures or laws, or act with malice when they physically removed 75 year old Ben Crimaudo from the meeting after he waved his hands and whispered.

    We spoke with several witnesses, most of whom were never contacted by the police during the investigation, and were not aware of anyone who was – here’s what they had to say, interspersed with audio we recorded that November night in Searsport

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  • Host: John Zavodny
    Engineer: Amy Browne

    Program Topic: Searsport Maine LPG Tank

    Key Discussion Points:
    1 Why was the LPG tank permit denied by the Searsport Planning Board?
    2 What is next for members of Thanks But No Tank?
    3 What are some lessons to be learned from TBNT success?

    Guests:
    a Astrig Tanguay has owned and managed Searsport Shores Ocean Campground for twenty years. Astrig is a founding member of Thanks But No Tank, Astrig has been a vocal opponent of the DCP project. Astrig has served on the Maine Tourism Commission, the Maine Arts Commission, Maine Campground Owners Association, Penobscot Bay Steward BOD and is a founding member of both Friends of Penobscot Bay and Fiber College of Maine.
    b Ken Agabian started working as the Thanks but No Tank coordinator in July 2012. Since then Ken has travelled the mid coast talking about the tank in Searsport and has communicated weekly the status of the project and what folks could do. Formerly, Ken worked with nonprofits in the arts and publishing worlds and is a graduate of Clark University, Worcester, Mass. where he was a student intern at the Environmental Protection Agency.

    For More Information:
    tbnt.org
    www.searsport.maine.gov/

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Part 2: E/W Hwy/Corridor: Promoters Peter Vigue and Darryl Brown, gave a presentation about the project for the Penobscot County Commissioners today. During the question and answer period that followed, one person after another tried to get details about the project, which have been closely guarded secrets. Audio recorded by Jane Crosen

    (Part 1 aired 4/2/13)

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    *Breaking news: DCP Midstream, the Colorado-based mega-corporation, has WITHDRAWN their application to build a massive LPG tank in Searsport.

    *Moving on to the E/W Hwy/Corridor: Promoters Peter Vigue and Darryl Brown, gave a presentation about the project for the Penobscot County Commissioners today. During the question and answer period that followed, one person after another tried to get details about the project, which have been closely guarded secrets. Audio recorded by Jane Crosen

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    An out-of-state corporation’s highly controversial proposal to build a 22.7 million gallon, 14 story tall, liquid propane tank, an associated 90,000 gallon tank, and other structures on a small plot of land in Searsport, is in the hands of the town’s planning board. This week they began deliberations, and for the first time the public had a chance to hear what they think about the plan, after sitting through several months of meetings and public hearings – and reviewing a mountain of documents. And what they had to say was NOT good news for DCP Midstream, the company that wants to build the facility. In the first 2 nights of deliberations this week, the planning board has identified not 1, but FOUR ways in which the proposal does not meeting the town’s criteria for new development.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    The town of Searsport held the final in the series of public hearings on the proposed LPG tank there last night. People have been waiting to have a chance to comment– some since last year when the planning board stopped allowing comments during their regular meetings when DCP, the company that wants to build the tank, complained. So when the planning board voted to close the hearings last night while some of them were still in line waiting to speak, there was an uproar. Here today, is some of the testimony from last night.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Public hearings on the LPG tank in Searsport resumed last week, for what was meant to be the final week of hearings. Kim Tucker, one of the attorneys representing tank opponents, presented the planning board with documents–obtained from the town of Searsport thru a freedom of access request–that reveal how closely Searsport town officials have been working with DCP, the company that wants to build the tank.

    The question of whether the facility is really intended for exports, rather than imports of propane, was raised again at the public hearings as well, and there was a short public comment period.

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  • Producer/Host: Amy Browne

    Topic: At the public hearings for the LPG tank proposal in Searsport last night, the Good Harbor risk assessment report was presented. The report was commissioned by the Islesboro Island Trust. Richard Clarke was unable to attend due to a flight cancellation. His associates, Frank Gallagher and Mike Lucy presented the findings, which conclude that the tank project should not proceed– for several reasons. FMI: tbnt.org/

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