LPG Mega Tank Facts

  • 22.7 million gallon cryogenic (-44°F) LPG storage tank – largest on East Coast.
  • 14 stories tall  (138’ x 202’)  considerably taller than existing tanks that have been grandfathered at Mack Point
  • Tank will sit about 120 yards from Route 1 – dominating the landscape.
  • Glaringly illuminated all night, year round.
  • 75’ tower will flare gas up to 500 hrs/year.
  • Massive refrigeration system – 5 electric condensers and air fin cooler in series – has no backup power source when the grid goes down.
  • During grid outages, LPG will flare and/or vent to the atmosphere.
  • Noise levels will likely exceed state standards during routine operations, and will certainly exceed standards during process upsets.
  • Operational 24/7 and 365 days/year

This chart gives meaning to the size of the mega-tank  (please click on it for greater detail):

LPG Tanker Trucks Danger to Route 1

  • DCP will load 40 to 144 heavy-duty  LPG tanker trucks daily.  That’s up to 288 truck trips per day – or one truck every 5-15 minutes.
  • Route 1 & Route 3 will become primary corridor for LPG truck shipments throughout Maine, New Hampshire and Canadian Maritime Provinces.
  • LPG truck accident could block Route 1 for hours and force evacuation of homes and businesses for up to one mile.
  • An LPG Tanker truck collision on Route 1 could result in a fireball explosion capable of incinerating everything within many hundreds of feet.
  • Mack Point Unsafe for LPG Terminal:
  • The National Fire Marshall’s Association has determined that LPG is even more dangerous than LNG.
  • Unfortunately, federal LNG siting rules requiring minimum separation distances between the terminal and private property do not apply to LPG.
  • Mack Point is too small to safely build a massive LPG terminal:
  • Route 1, Angler’s Restaurant & Motel, and many private homes and businesses are  a few hundred feet away, well within the blast zone.
  • LPG pipeline would bisect the Irving & Sprague oil tank farms, doubling the threat of and consequences of an accident.
  • GAC Chemical is less than a mile away;  LPG accident could also trigger release of deadly chemical poison cloud.

LPG Shipping Hazards in Penobscot Bay

  • LPG Tanker ships are 700’ to 800’ – larger than any existing ships in Penobscot Bay.
  • LPG tankers will require “exclusion zones” interrupting ferry service, fishing, and boating.
  • Penobscot Bay has no fire-tugs capable of responding to a LPG tanker fire.
  • US Coast Guard has designated “zones of concern” in which everything within a radius of 550 yards to 2.2 miles of a ship accident is at risk of burning or exploding.
  • The Penobscot Bay Towns Do Not Have Adequate Safety Equipment or Training
  • Major LPG import terminals usually are served by large city fire departments with specialized equipment and regular hazardous material training.
  • Searsport has a volunteer fire department with minimal equipment and training for dealing with LPG accidents or emergencies.
  • Searsport is relying on mutual aid from Belfast, Stockton Springs and other towns to help in an emergency – but never asked permission to commit the limited public safety resources of neighboring towns.  This is wrong: Searsport should not put untrained and under-equipped emergency responders at risk.

DCP Midstream Omits Safety Study

  • The Army Corps and Maine DEP issued permits without requiring DCP to first disclose a project Risk Assessment or Emergency Management Plan.
  • The LPG Terminal would put thousands of people and small businesses in Searsport, Stockton Springs, Belfast, Islesboro and beyond at extreme risk.
  • LPG accidents are rare but when they occur they are catastrophic:
  • In 1977, a 12 million gallon cryogenic LPG tank in Qatar ruptured, resulting in an 8 day fired that killed six plant workers and caused $179 million in property damage.
  • In 1984, a pipeline leak in a LPG terminal in Mexico City resulted in one of the deadliest industrial disasters in history, burning down entire neighborhoods and killing and maiming thousands.
  • LPG rail car and truck explosions have resulted in 300’ high explosions that rain down burning LPG and shrapnel on surrounding areas.

TBNT Printable Fact Sheet

Here is SEA-3, a smaller sized (20M+ gallon) LPG tank in Tampa, Florida. The teardrop “A” in the photo is a 10,000# tanker truck for comparison. Click on either for a closer look.

Below is a map of the projected view shed: