Clinton residents voice concerns over propane tank in final town meeting

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)–An old desolate manufacturing site sits quietly on Knollwood Drive in Clinton. But in a town auditorium, few sat quietly, especially after neighbor Katie McCollom spoke.

“It will not secure safety from fires, but rather increase the possibility of a mass disaster,” McCollum told residents gathered at the hearing.

Their applause brought her to tears.

This is the third public hearing, while the Clinton planning and zoning commission decides whether or not to let Global Partners move in with a 540,000 gallon propane storage facility.

“It is going to affect the property value of local homeowners. There’s no doubt I don’t want to buy a house next to a propane distribution facility,” said a local resident who lives nearby.

Diane Whitney spoke on behalf of the company. Whitney says no one can predict what will happen to home values.

“It is virtually impossible to determine the affect of any one factor on property value,” Whitney said.

They’re looking to invest $7.5 million into the site and pay more than $100,000 in tax revenue each year.

But neighbors say no revenue is worth the stress over a possible mass disaster.

“It’s possible and possible is too probable for our families to accept,” a resident said.

“These occurrences are very unlikely, but even if they were to occur redundant safety technology is built into the entire system,” Whitney said.

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