Archives for LPG

WERU News Report 1/29/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Audio contributed by: John Greenman

Peacetime segment: On today’s Peacetime segment, we’re talking with Bonnie Preston of the “Alliance for Democracy”, one of the groups that has been working for many years to address issues related to corporate personhood.

Segment 2: The Peace & Justice Center of Eastern Maine commemorated the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on January 20 with a talk by Esther Attean, Director of community organizing, for the Maine Wabanaki-State Child Welfare Truth and Reconciliation Commission process. Today we bring you Part 1 of her talk. (Part 2 will air at this time tomorrow).

WERU News Report 1/22/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

While promoters of the LPG tank facility in Searsport have frequently presented themselves as being “pro-jobs”, some of them have actually engaged in organizing a boycott against Searsport businesses – details on that, as well as presentation of an independent, pro-bono assessment by Abbie McMillen, based on her years of business experience in the energy consulting field and serving on planning boards.

Peacetime segment: Bob Shaw of Waldo County chapter of , with information about the upcoming rally in opposition to tarsands, that will be held in Portland.

WERU News Report 1/15/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Topic: National Security/Safety Expert Richard A. Clarke of Good Harbors releases results of their assessment for the LPG tank proposal in Searsport. Recommends denying permits. We get the details from attorney Steve Hinchman. Hinchman represents “Thanks But No Tank” and Isleboro Islands Trust, who commissioned the independent study.

WERU News Report 1/2/13

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Proponents of the 23 million gallon LPG tank and facility proposed for Searsport, cite jobs as a primary reason for their support, but at the public hearings on the issue held in November, several Searsport business owners who already create jobs in the town testified that their businesses would suffer. Today we hear excerpts from their testimony.

WERU News Report 12/18/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

The mining industry rewrites Maine’s laws for themselves, & what’s the plan for all that LPG?

*Who is involved in the re-writing of Maine’s mining regulations? *What are the potential impacts of open-pit mining in the state? *What are some of the questions & speculation about uses for the large amounts of LPG that DCP would like to import through Searsport?

-Interview with Dylan Vorhees, Natural Resources Council of Maine (
-Recorded excerpts from Searsport Planning Board public hearings in November 2012

WERU News Report 12/5/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Public Hearings for LPG tank: Public Comments, Part 2 of 2

More than 40 people spoke, only 4 in support of the tank. Audio from the public hearing, night 5, 11/30/12

WERU News Report 12/4/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Public Hearings for LPG tank: Public Comments, Part 1 of 2

More than 40 people spoke, only 4 in support of the tank. Audio from the public hearing, night 5, 11/30/12

(Correction: The moratorium vote was held in 2012, not 2011 as stated in this piece)

WERU News Special Report 11/29/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Searsport LPG Tank Public Hearings, Part 3

We are continuing our on-going of public hearings on the massive LPG tank proposed for Searsport with this report from last night, Wednesday, which was night 3 of the hearings. Tempers flared after police forcibly removed an elderly man from the public hearing for no apparent reason. The community responded by walking out of the meeting and confronting the police.

In other news from night 3 of the LPG public hearing process in Searsport, planning board chairman Bruce Probert stunned the audience when he remarked that Nancy Fannon, the author of the economic impact study commissioned by the town, had asked him which way they wanted the report slanted

Lawyers representing both sides had questions about Fannon’s report.