Community Development Board Approves Lipton Energy Permit For Propane Storage Tanks
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Community Development Board approved a special permit for Lipton Energy to place two new above-ground fuel storage tanks within the 10-year flood plain at 36 Industrial Drive with four conditions.
These conditions include all lighting on the site to be downward cast and not trespass onto abutting properties and for Lipton Energy to provide screening in the form of a fence or vegetation so that abutters can't see the tanks.
The fuel tanks will hold 30,000 gallons of propane each, equal to 60,000 gallons total. This acts as a location where a large truck can deliver fuel to these storage tanks and, in turn, transfer them into smaller trucks that deliver fuel to people's houses.
Several abutters called into the meeting to voice their concerns over the fuel tanks. Common areas of concern were improper notification, fumes, spills, surrounding wildlife, and disruptive lights from delivery trucks.
"Harding street is a nice quiet area," said abutter Kathyann Voltoline. "It's a lovely part of the city, and I would hate to see it become just this tough place to live."
Senior engineer of SK Design Group Matthew Puntin represented Lipton Energy. He explained to concerned abutters that the fuel stored in these tanks is propane and does not run the risks of spilling that oil does.
"This is not oil, this is liquid propane," he said. "To the best of my knowledge, it's a liquid in a tank, if a tank were to leak -- and that's a big if, it just turns into a gas and goes into the air."
Puntin added that he can't give the board a 100 percent guarantee that abutters won't see the tanks from their properties, as the tanks will rise 14 feet from the ground. Nonetheless, Lipton Energy was willing to accommodate concerns that are addressed in the board's conditions for approval.
Lipton Energy's plan went to Conservation Commission in November, Puntin said, and received an order of conditions before being approved.
Also in this meeting, the Community Development Board approved a special permit for Hospitality Syracuse, Inc., which is building a new Taco Bell restaurant to be located at the intersection of Dalton and Hubbard avenues. This permit is to construct a second drive-through order board on Taco Bell's premises to accommodate a larger volume of drive-through customers during the novel COVID-19 pandemic.
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