The Islesboro Island Land trust has hired former White House counterterrorism adviser Richard A. Clarke to do an independent risk assessment of Searsport's controversial $40 million liquid propane terminal and storage tank project.
Clarke's firm, Good Harbor Consulting, is based in Arlington, Va., according to the Bangor Daily News. The newspaper reported that the consulting firm did a similar risk assessment of a proposed liquid natural gas terminal in Providence, R.I., deemed it too risky and the proposal was subsequently shelved. It also evaluated an LNG project proposed for an island in Boston Harbor and gave it a green light, according to the BDN.
The liquid propane terminal and 22.7 million gallon storage tank proposed by the Denver-based firm DCP Midstream for the Mack Point industrial zone has been approved by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the U.S. Coast Guard. The proposal is under review by the Searsport Planning Board and several neighboring communities have been lobbying for a say in the decision.
DCP Midstream is one of the largest marketers of natural gas and natural gas byproducts in the United States, according to the company's website.