Planning Commission mulls airport fuel tank farm

City staff suggests reducing fuel capacity

Posted: Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A city planner recommended Tuesday night that a proposed fuel tank farm at the Juneau International Airport be limited to 120,000 gallons of fuel, instead of 210,000, to quell neighborhood concerns.

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Greg Chaney, lead city planner for the project, also proposed that the berm, or protective hill, be large enough to ensure the privacy of neighbors close to the tank farm proposed for Berners Avenue. Chaney also opposed the original plan for the tank farm at the airport.

Janet Thrower, a vocal opponent of the plan since it was proposed this past spring, said Chaney's idea was an improvement.

"(That proposal) is better than the previous proposal, but it is still going to have a visual impact," she said.

As of press time Tuesday evening, the Juneau Planning Commission had yet to reach a decision about the proposed fuel storage site.

The farm has been hotly contested by residents of Berners Avenue, several of whom packed the Hickel Room inside Centennial Hall to share their concerns about the plan, which is being proposed by Petro Marine. At press time, only six of nine or 10 who planned to comment had yet spoken. All shared concerns about aesthetics, probable loss of property value, and safety issues.

John Cooper of Cooper Consulting Engineers, Petro Marine's representative, was the only one who spoke in favor.

If granted approval of the project, Cooper Petro Marine hopes to become a contender in the airport fuel market. Currently, only Delta Western has fuel tanks on the airport's grounds.

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