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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.

WERU News Report 11/28/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne
Searsport LPG Tank Public Hearings, Part 2

Today we continue with our on-going coverage of the public hearings for DCP’s LPG tank proposal in Searsport. The proposal includes a 22.7 million gallon liquid propane gas tank and a pipeline at Mack Point. The Searsport town planning board is holding a series of meetings this week, before determining whether to approve the project. Last night’s meeting focused on DCP’s formal presentation, and then the board and designated “interested parties” were allowed to ask questions.

WERU News Report 11/27/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Searsport LPG Tank Public Hearings, Part 1

Last night a standing-room-only crowd packed Searsport District High School for the 1st night of what will be at least 4 nights of public hearings. The board heard requests from members of the public who want to be designated as “interested parties” in the process, which would grant them the right to speak earlier and longer, and to ask questions of others who testify, including DCP. Today we listen in on that process.
DCP’s attorney objected to people from outside Searsport being given status, and several requests from residents of other towns were declined

Mid-Coast Currents 11/19/12

Producer/Host: John Zavodny
Studio Engineer: Amy Browne
Program Topic: Searsport Maine LPG Tank

Key Discussion Points:
What are the arguments for and against the Searsport LPG tank?
How do people in the mid-coast think about the tank?
What have been the dynamics involved in the tank conversation?

Guests:
Maryjean Crowe, an artist and educator, and Peter Wilkinson, a photographer and a journalist, are Belfast residents who got involved in the tank opposition after reading about DCP’s proposal in the newspapers, attending Thanks But No Tank presentations, and doing their own research.
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.
Searsport officials and proponents of the tank were not available to join us in the studio.

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

WERU News Report 10/16/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Topic: Representatives from the group “Thanks But No Tanks” spoke to a standing-room-only crowd at the Stockton Springs Town Office last night, about their opposition to the liquid propane tank facility proposal in neighboring Searsport. Audio from the meeting, FMI: www.tbnt.org

WERU News Report 8/22/12

Producer/Host: Amy Browne

Topics: Locals Commission LPG Risk Assessment; Part 2 of Bill McKibben’s speech in Bar Harbor on 8/19/12

*Local groups Islesboro Islands Trust and Thanks But No Tank (TBNT) have commissioned Good Harbor Consulting, headed by Richard Clarke, counter-terrorism expert and advisor to three U.S. Presidents, to do an independent risk assessment of the massive LPG tank facility DCP Midstream wants to build in Searsport, but the Searsport Planning Board refuses to have the results of the assessment put on the agenda for their November meeting. We talk with Steve Hinchman, attorney for Islesboro Islands Trust and Thanks But No Tank

*Bill McKibben’s talk wraps up with ideas about taking action. (Audio recorded by Matt Murphy at College of the Atlantic, 8/19/12, 15th anniversary event for Sustainable Harvest International. Part 1 aired 8/21/12)