Conservation Commission to review plans for massive fuel tank proposed in Onset

By Matthew Bernat | May 01, 2018
A new 18,000-gallon fuel tank is being proposed for the Brewer Onset Bay Marina.

The Wareham Conservation Commission on Wednesday will review plans for a proposed 18,000-gallon above ground fuel tank at the Brewer Onset Bay Marina, located at 3 Green St.

According to plans on file with the planning department, plans call for constructing a 32-foot long tank that will be 10.5 feet in diameter on the property. The new tank will replace three, 6,000-gallon underground tanks already at the site.

“The purpose of this project is to improve environmental safety by upgrading the existing marine fueling system with fully double-walled and electronically monitored tanks and piping,” according to the plans.

The new tank will include three 6,000-gallon compartments for different fuel types. Plans show a 6-foot tall, solid vinyl fence will be installed to screen the tank. However, some of the tank will be visible due to its height.

If approved, construction is expected to start soon and last six weeks.

The Conservation Commission meets at 7 p.m. in the Multi-Service Center, located at 48 Marion Road.

Comments (9)
Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 01, 2018 17:27

With all due respect, what does our Conservation Commission, made up of laymen, know about fuel tanks?  This seems like a no brainer.  18,000 gallons of environmentally unsafe fuel storage is being replaced with safe storage.  The approval should be unanimous and unchallenged.


The neighbors and yahoos that show up for these hearings normally have agendas and concerns that have nothing at all to do with conservation (environmental) issues.  God forbid the fence blocks Joe Blow's peekaboo view of the water from his second floor bathroom window, when standing on the tub, when there's no leaves on the trees. He'll be there beating his chest about rights and being a taxpayer. View is not a right and it has nothing to do with ConCom, but they always show up to bellyache about it.

Posted by: greycat | May 01, 2018 21:32

WBTS where have you been?  Do you not understand that getting appointed to ANY government position automatically makes you an expert?

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 02, 2018 10:44

There is not one comparable decision making entity that can be so influential and detrimental to sound science, engineering, and the dreams of good people and business owners.  I have seen homeowners in tears because fuzzy bunnies or something similar take precedence over a proposal for a reasonable addition to their home for a child that's on the way.  I have seen businesspeople unable to maintain their operation because of proximity and potential for a salamander.  None were found...but there was "potential".  I witnessed the Plymouth ConCom tell a husband and wife that "mother nature deserves to reclaim her timbers" as they were denied their request for a properly engineered stone seawall (called a revetment) to protect their modest home that had been in the wife's family for generations.  ConCom is often made up of power hungry, non-scientist/non-engineer laymen that operate and make decisions based on subjective passion.



Posted by: totellthetruth | May 03, 2018 08:04

one 18,000gal. above ground tank, replacing three 6000 gal underground tanks. are they going to remove the underground tanks?  I would rather have one above ground tank in this sensitive area rather than any fuel storage underground. I see the problem here not in the tank itself, but in the piping carrying the fuel from the tank to the dock fueling station. Thesse pipes must rise and fall with the Tides  creating a problem with the actual fuel delivery pipe(s) constantly flexing up and down with the Tide. Several years ago there was a failure of one of these flex joints at the nearby Point Independence Yacht Club spilling an unknown amount of fuel into Onset Bay.Not to many people are aware of it because it was kept quiet. It required quite a clean up effort.

Con-Com: Please pay attention to the details, not just the tank itself

Posted by: donknowlton | May 03, 2018 10:43

Totellthetruth, the point indipenance oil spill was not kept quiet. There was in fact an article in the Boston globe, amongst others. If I remember correctly, it was also a news article on television.

Posted by: Spherebreaker | May 03, 2018 13:39

Think about all the 275 gallon oil tanks in homes within the flood zone. I would worry more about those than a double wall tank bolted to a concrete base with leak and level probes and alarms that is out of the flood zone.  

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 03, 2018 13:53

Think about all the fuel tanks, oil pans, and waste water tanks in all the boats.  My little 25 foot boat holds 160 gallons of gasoline, 8 quarts of motor oil, and 30 gallons of wastewater.  There are thousands like that moored in our water in the season.  Yet ConCom said I couldn't have a tool shed in the no activity zone because of my lawnmower that holds 1 quart of gas and 20 ounces of motor oil.  What a crock of nonsense...

Posted by: OnsetTogether | May 03, 2018 15:07

They are going to need a taller fence.

Posted by: Wareham By The Sea | May 03, 2018 15:38

Taller fence is ok as long as it doesn't affect someone's view.  God forbid anyone from blocking a view...

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