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Somerville officials celebrate halt of ethanol transport proposal

Posted by Jarret Bencks  July 3, 2013 11:52 AM

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Officials from Somerville are declaring victory in an effort to halt a proposal to transport ethanol by train through the city to Revere.

During the senate's review of the state fiscal budget, Senators Patricia Jehlen, D-Somerville, Anthony Petruccelli, D-East Boston, and Sal DiDomenico, D-Everett added an amendment that prohibited the Department of Environmental Protection from giving Global Petroleum permission to transport ethanol by rail along the Newburyport/Rockport commuter rail line to a facility in Revere.

The path potentially would have taken the fuel through Cambridge, Somerville, Everett, Chelsea and Revere. 

Global Petroleum had received resistance from its plan from residents, who were concerned over the danger of transporting the highly flammable substance through densely populated urban areas.

The budget has yet to be signed by Gov. Deval Patrick, but Global Partners has announced its decision to withdraw its plans to transport ethanol.

In a statement, Jehlen thanked residents for voicing their opposition, and Global Partners for listening.

“Congratulations to all of the residents and community leaders who so strongly advocated in opposition to the plan to transport ethanol through our communities,” Jehlen said. “And thank you to Global for recognizing the concerns of the community and responsibly retracting their proposal; this is a victory for the safety of all residents and neighborhoods.”

The blocking of the proposal was also supported by Somerville State Representatives Tim Toomey Denise Provost and Carl Sciortino.

"This is a victory for public safety and for putting communities over corporate interests," Sciortino said in a statement.

Jarret Bencks can be reached at bencks.globe@gmail.com. Follow him on twitter @JarretBencks.

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