Alerting the public to potential danger in Searsport

An Op ed in the Bangor Daily News

By Randall Parr, Special to the BDN

Posted Feb. 03, 2013, at 3:28 p.m. Last modified Feb. 03, 2013, at 6:37 p.m.

In themselves, neither tanks nor propane are problematic. Tanks are needed to store fluids.

When safely managed, propane gas is no worse than any other explosive, nonrenewable fossil fuel. Liquid propane expands 27,000 percent when it becomes propane gas. Searsport’s potential 22.9 million gallons of liquid propane would change into more than 6 billion gallons of propane if it leaked outside the tank.

Catastrophic propane explosions can have many causes. Lightning strikes, maintenance errors, operational errors, equipment failures, static electricity, natural disasters, runaway reactions, vessel accidents, short circuits, terrorism, leaks and power outages are some of them. The gas flare proposed for Searsport could ignite propane or vapors from other Mack Point tanks, ships and trucks.

Read more in the Bangor Daily News.


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