Clinton residents rejoice after propane tank proposal shot down

CLINTON, Conn. (WTNH)–A big win for people in Clinton Monday, as the town Planning and Zoning Commission voted against building a massive propane facility in the town.

Fear and anger turned to joy and jubilation, after the Clinton Planning and Zoning Commission voted 7-1 to not allow a propane facility to be built by the massive energy company Global Partners. The propane facility would have held about 540,00 gallons of propane.

The debate had been raging for weeks, as residents protested the proposed propane stockpile that would have been located on Knollwood drive.

Katie McCollom’s house is located very close to where it would have been built.

“We don’t want to be the next accident. We don’t want to be the next town that is known for an explosion,” said McCollom.

She, like others, sat pensively as the commission discussed reasons to allow or not allow the propane facility to come to Clinton. During the meeting, the commission’s own study cited multiple reasons why the facility would be a danger to the neighborhood.

“An armored piercing bullet would create a hole in the tank, and he was not sure if this would cause an explosion,” said Aselmo Delia, Chairman of the commission.

Before Monday’s meeting, Clinton residents voiced some of those similar concerns.

Though the decision is a clear win for the people of who showed up in droves to hear the fate of a business that would greatly affect their town, earlier they said if the vote was to be in favor of Global Parters, they would could continue to fight against the propane facility.

But for now, Global Partners, was no match for comparably small group of people who care deeply the place they call home.

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