Hundreds of Baytown residents oppose proposed tank farm

- About a dozen residents give their opinions about a proposal to have tanks holding over 100 million gallons of crude oil within 1,000 feet of a nursing home. "No" was the resounding answer we got.

"It's illegal it's flat out illegal," said Baytown resident Gordy Little.

An even bigger concern these Baytown residents say is the location of the proposed crude oil tank farm.

"It's right next to a nursing home," said Baytown resident Ken Martin."You have 140 people who can't take care of themselves."

"I've ran some calculations it would be about 45 seconds for a fume release to get from this tank farm to the residents in that nursing home," said Baytown resident Randee King.

The proposed tank farm would also be a little more than half a mile from two schools and a residential neighborhood.

"We, all of us, and many more people have tried to make this not happen," said Lisa Toups.

Those opposing the proposed tank farm point to recent fires. Last May several tanks caught fire in Beach City forcing nearby residents to evacuate. Just last month a heavy oil crude tank caught fire in Port Arthur causing schools five miles away to shelter in place.

"If a heavy rain came like we had with Harvey, there's no ability potentially to get residents out," said Baytown resident Lisa Little.

When they question their elected officials about the proposed tank farm, residents tell us they get mixed messages and a lot of stonewalling.

"There seem to be a lot of inconsistencies between what's being done and what's actually written as part of the law," Little said.

We left messages for the mayor, the city manager, and the city spokesperson to discuss the proposed tank farm, but no one got back with us. There's suppose to be a vote on the tank farm at Thursday night's city council meeting.

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