July 26, 2013
Attleboro Sand & Gravel quarry has requested a license to store 60,000 gallons of fuel in above-ground tanks on-site, according to a report from The Sun Chronicle.
Attleboro, Massachusetts, residents gathered last week for a public hearing, where city councilors asked an Attleboro Sand & Gravel representative about security, blasting and fire prevention at the quarry.
The company has plans to install three fuel tanks: one will store 25,000 gallons of diesel fuel, another will store 25,000 gallons of No. 6 fuel and the third will store 10,000 of home heating fuel.
Councilor Walter Thibodeau asked the company how blasting could affect the tanks, while Councilor Shannon Heagney asked posed questions about security.
Timothy Higgins, vice president of development for Edgewood Development, the company planning the installation, said the tanks would be “state of the art” with up-to-date safety features, adding that Attleboro Sand & Gravel has considered installing a fire suppression system.
In addition to Higgins’ assurance that the tanks would be safe, zoning board of appeals chairman Keith Hutchings said the board would impose conditions like surveillance that police and fire departments could view live and fencing around the tanks.
The zoning board of appeals has already issued Attleboro Sand & Gravel a special use permit with 19 conditions. However, the city council will choose whether the company can keep the permit.
The city council has not decided whether to grant the company the fuel-storing license. The public hearing will continue in August, when the council could make a decision.