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Propane storage plan on shoreline draws opposition

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MADISON, Conn. (AP) — A proposal to store propane gas in a Connecticut shoreline community is drawing opposition from local residents.

Global Companies LLC wants to build a wholesale propane distribution plant in Clinton. Residents of Madison across the river are protesting.

The New Haven Register reports (http://bit.ly/1kET1r8 ) that the proposal is to develop six acres on a 37-acre site. The propane would be delivered by rail and stored in 12 45,000-gallon tanks.

Diane Whitney, a lawyer for Global Companies, said a portion of the building is in deplorable shape and will be demolished.

The facility would operate from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m., six days a week and supply propane to up to 20 delivery trucks a day during peak hours in the winter. Opponents say they're concerned about traffic.

John Guszkowski, a town planning consultant for Clinton, said he doesn't anticipate problems because the proposal doesn't change traffic patterns.

Nick Marro, president of Windermere Condominiums, which faces the proposed gas storage site from across the Hammonasset River, said he believes human error could lead to a fire or gas leak.

"Those tanks are going to be right next to the railroad tracks and, granted, the chances of a derailment happening right there are minute, but it could happen," he said.

Guszkowski said public safety is the town's chief concern and said the town doesn't believe the site is unsafe.

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Information from: New Haven Register, http://www.nhregister.com

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