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Oct 6, 2014 6:40 PM

Portsmouth Mayor, Governor Hassan hold same concerns over proposed Sea-3 Terminal expansion


PORTSMOUTH - Portsmouth Mayor Robert Lister brought the City Council up to date on a possible meeting with Governor Maggie Hassan over the Sea-3 Terminal propane facility expansion Monday night.

That expansion will allow trains carrying propane to travel through seacoast neighborhoods. It's raised many health and safety concerns among Portsmouth residents and officials and has now gotten the attention of the governor.

"What we've, what we're talking about really is, this is not just a Portsmouth issue, this is a state issue. So we're hoping to have a conversation with the governor...and be able to talk about the possible solutions," said Mayor Robert Lister. "Obviously we're concerned about the tracks, we're concerned about the speed of the trains, we're concerned about the expansion of Sea-3 in Newington, what that means for the residents of Portsmouth and the city."

Mayor Lister said negotiations over the Sea-3 Terminal are at a standstill as the city plans to take the issue to Superior Court. He expects to meet with Governor Hassan in the next couple weeks to discuss their joint concerns and possibly come up with a solution.


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