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Solidarity Action in Denver, Colorado,
with the Residents of Searsport, Maine
©2013 Army Armstrong Films, LLC
(4 minutes)

On Jan. 12, 2013, a day of sub-freezing temperatures, activists gathered in Denver, Colorado, at Republic Plaza on 17th and Tremont to draw attention to the proposed construction of a 14-story NGL (natural gas liquids) storage facility in the small coastal town of Searsport, Maine. DCP Mainstream, LLC, the corporation applying to build this facility, is headquartered here. Many Searsport residents oppose the siting of this storage tank for environmental and economic reasons.

Penobscot Bay, where Searsport lies, is the most active and prolific lobstering region in the United States, and lobstering, consequently, is a big component of the economy of Maine. The United States Coast Guard has drafted regulations defining a rolling security zone around NGL tankers to protect them from terrorist attacks. When in transit, no water traffic is permitted one mile fore and one mile aft of each tanker, and up to a mile or more on either side, as it travels through Penobscot Bay. Such restrictions are estimated to result in millions lost in the Maine fishing and lobstering industry.

Further information on impacts on the tourism economy of Searsport and anticipated environmental degradation can be found in the links at the end of this video.

On April 2, 2013, DCP announced it was withdrawing its application from the Searsport Planning Board for its proposed 23 million gallon liquid propane storage tank.

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