Chamber calls for timely and thorough review of NGL’s application without further delay
Portland, Maine, December 21, 2015 - For over six decades, a liquid propane storage facility has operated safely and unobtrusively on Portland’s waterfront. Over 50,000 homes, schools and businesses throughout greater Portland now rely on this depot to keep warm during winter and to sustain their operations throughout the year. Owned by NGL Energy Partners, this infrastructure is essential to the region’s economic well-being and the diversity of its energy supply.
Equally vital to the regional economy is NGL’s proposed move to South Portland’s Rigby Yard. By making way for a cold storage facility on Portland’s waterfront, NGL’s relocation will help create new jobs and economic opportunities for Mainers within greater Portland and beyond.
The Board of Directors of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce agrees with the South Portland/Cape Elizabeth Community Chamber of Commerce Board, and shares their concern over the treatment that NGL has received in South Portland to date. A moratorium on liquid propane terminal development within the City, as well as amendments to the fire code, represent delaying tactics despite clear testimony from the City’s respected former Fire Chief that such actions are unnecessary to protect the health and safety of local residents.
Failure to allow a permitting process to proceed in a predictable, fair way sends a chilling message to any legitimate business interested in operating within or relocating to South Portland; namely that development in South Portland has lost the stability needed to support sustained investments that benefit the City and the region. Businesses of all kinds rely upon transparent, predictable and fair municipal processes to make critical business decisions. We hope the South Portland City Council will provide a timely and thorough review of NGL’s completed application without further delay.