Just a clarification... did you mean Jim McGovern or George Peterson? If neither then I'd say we should call the Ghost Hunters to investigate the District Court! ha
George Stanley McGovern (July 19, 1922 – October 21, 2012) was an American historian, author and U.S. Representative.
10 transfers per day, excluding weekends, every day of the year would amount to (5/7 * 365 * 10) = 2,607.
I'm not math major, but I believe the 1,500-2,000 tankers a year lives up to Mr. Delli Priscoli's claim of "up to 10 transfers per day." I see no lying here... View Comment
For those of you interested in reading further... here's a document from 1999 where federal pre-emption protected the G&U when it went to build its transloading depot.
http://www.env.state.ma.us/dpu/docs/siting/98-105/order.pdf View Comment
"We believe it's a state issue, since we're just talking about enforcement of the cease and desist"
Clearly, research was not done, as litigation involving Railroads is at a Federal level. Good luck Grafton... View Comment
If the final destination of the material in question is Grafton's storage tanks, I believe preemption does not apply. However, if the RR has a contract to deliver the propane to a customer and is using the tanks as a temporary holding location (ie: the product is still in transit), then preemption applies. I am almost certain we're dealing with the latter of the two cases. No-one dumps 10's of thousands of dollars into a project under the 'hope' that it'll get preemption. View Comment
A shot in the foot seems most likely. Lets hope we don't end up paying for it with unnecessary legal fees, etc. Upton selectmen chose not to hire a lawyer because they knew the money would be in vein. View Comment
I'm really hoping the people of N. Grafton don't react to the Railroad in the harsh manner that the people of Upton have. Business is business. Jon has been quite open with the town and now he's being harangued for his time frame getting moved up by 3 weeks? Things can change on a moment's notice, especially when relying on public officials for tasks such as moving these tanks. This is typical business, folks. There's a good reason railroads are preempted from local permitting laws- projects like this would have never occurred! And honestly, let's be real- having storage tanks inspected by a dozen gov't officials is much more safe than dozens of trucks on the road. View Comment
From an economic perspective, it makes very little sense to vote no.
"energy rebates, savings from the high school building project, credits from the Town’s new solar field" - these are all essentially freebies. And at a savings of $250k/year (which is guaranteed to rise in the future), we will pay for the $6.5m in 26 years. No-one said "I'm not going to buy a house because I could be using my mortgage money today." We're not gutting our town's solvency. Its an investment in the future. View Comment