Belfast & Searsport Update

IMPORTANT:  SEARSPORT PLANNING BOARD MEETING MONDAY OCTOBER 8. 6:30 PM UPSTAIRS AT UNION HALL IN SEARSPORT.

The DCP Midstream application and its completeness are to be taken up.  Attorneys Steve Hinchman and Kim Tucker along with Islesboro Islands Trust’s Steve Miller will be present. They have sent the planning board a letter which states DCP’s application is incomplete on several counts. We need a large crowd on hand to ensure our pressure and views are heard loud and clear. Please make it a point to come. Union Hall is located just adjacent to the Penobscot Marine Museum. Heading north into Searsport on Rte. 1, left on Reservoir St. and its right there, entrance on Union St.

A good week; this past Tuesday about a dozen people, mostly Belfast residents and attorney Steve Hinchman spoke at the Belfast City Council meeting requested the council weigh in on the Searsport LPG mega-tank project. We requested a letter to be sent to the Searsport Planning Board asking to wait until the Good Harbor Consulting safety study is complete before making a permit decision. The motion was put on the agenda and after some council debate ultimately passed.

On Friday morning a small group attended the Waldo County World Habitat for Humanity Day in Searsport with guest speaker US Senator Susan Collins. Following remarks by the senator, local resident Harlan McLaughlin commended her for supporting housing that is not only decent and affordable but, he noted, above all safe. Harlan shared a sense increasingly widespread in the region that the mega-tank threatens to deny the people of the region the very entitlement to home safety and security that the World Habitat movement strives to defend. He also delivered a letter calling for a reconsideration of the Army Corps’ permit; which in turn was distributed to members of the press. Later during a tour of the house we were able to have a conversation with the senator and asked for her cooperation and consider the results of the Good Harbor study before any approval is given. The good news is that she appeared to know of the ongoing work by Good Harbor and assured she was keeping track of the project. But consider for this short time we brought our concerns to her attention, the oil and gas lobby in Washington has access beyond belief and is stronger than ever. Tough weeks are indeed coming.

Thanks to everyone who came to the events and voiced their concerns.

This week’s meetings:

IMPORTANT:  SEARSPORT PLANNING BOARD MEETING MONDAY OCTOBER 8. 6:30 PM UPSTAIRS AT UNION HALL IN SEARSPORT.

The DCP Midstream application and its completeness are to be taken up.  Attorneys Steve Hinchman and Kim Tucker along with Islesboro Islands Trust’s Steve Miller will be present. They have sent the planning board a letter which states DCP’s application is incomplete on several counts. We need a large crowd on hand to ensure our pressure and views are heard loud and clear. Please make it a point to come. Union Hall is located just adjacent to the Penobscot Marine Museum. Heading north into Searsport on Rte. 1, left on Reservoir St. and its right there, entrance on Union St.

Upcoming:

Please mark your calendar:

Monday, October 15 at 7PM.  TBNT public presentation in Stockton Springs in the town office.  Please spread the word.

 

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