Anti-tank protesters to meet Saturday in Searsport

Posted Nov. 18, 2011, at 5:44 p.m.

SEARSPORT, Maine — Opponents of a plan to build a $40 million, 138-foot-tall liquid propane terminal at Mack Point will rally at 1 p.m. Saturday on U.S. Route 1 in Searsport.

According to midcoast environmental activist Ron Huber, the protesters will gather near a tract of land that would be “destroyed” if Denver-based DCP Midstream receives permission to build the massive storage tank there.

“Opponents complain that in addition to wiping out an irreplaceable coastal forest, the towering facility … would be an instant eyesore for at least half a dozen scenic tourism-dependent towns, including two national parks, two state parks and numerous municipal parks,” Huber wrote in a press release issued late Thursday afternoon.

Earlier this fall, the Maine Department of Environmental Protection gave approval for DCP Midstream’s plans for Mack Point.

Some community members have fought back, stating their concerns that such a project could be unsafe, negatively impact tourism and dramatically increase heavy truck traffic on Route 1.

But company officials have responded that they are proud of their safety record and that the tank project would bring needed fuel and jobs to Maine.

The protesters will gather at 1 p.m. at the junction of Route 1 and Station Avenue, or Mack Point Road.

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