IN RE: Docket SB-2021-03 – Sea 3 Providence, LLC Petition for Declaratory Order Regarding the Rail Service Incorporation Project (Providence, RI)
NOTICE OF HEARING
Pursuant to the provisions of R.I. Gen. Laws § 42-35-8 the Energy Facility Siting Board (Board) will conduct a hearing regarding the above captioned matter on Thursday, July 1, 2021 at 1:00 PM at 89 Jefferson Blvd. Warwick, RI, Hearing Room A. The purpose of the hearing is for the Board to hear oral argument on the above-captioned matter from the Petitioner and parties who have obtained intervenor status. The Board will not hear oral public comments at the hearing. Public comment can be submitted in writing to the Coordinator at the address below.
On March 15, 2021, Sea 3 Providence, LLC (Petitioner) filed a Petition for Declaratory Judgment with the Rhode Island Energy Facility Siting Board. In the Petition, the Sea 3 Providence, LLC (Petitioner) seeks a determination that a proposed rail service and other associated enhancements to its current liquid propane gas (LPG) terminal and storage operations at 25 Fields Point Drive in Providence do not constitute an alteration of a major energy facility such that a full application to the Board is required. Petitioner plans to incorporate a vacant adjacent lot into the daily operation of its existing terminal to enable it to acquire LPG by rail in addition to its current means of obtaining supply from marine vessels. In addition to connecting an existing rail spur, Petitioner will install the requisite piping and equipment to allow for the offloading of LPG into six new 90,000-gallon horizontal storage bullet tanks on the vacant adjacent property, which will increase the storage capacity on site by less than 4 percent. The Petition also identifies other new equipment that will be installed in connection with the rail service delivery and offloading process. R.I. Gen. Laws §42-98-3(b) defines “alteration” as “a significant modification to a major energy facility, which, as determined by the board, will result in a significant impact on the environment, or the public health, safety, and welfare. Conversion from one type of fuel to another shall not be considered to be an ‘alteration’”.
The Petition is on file and available for public review at the offices of the Board at the Public Utilities Commission office building and at: http://www.ripuc.ri.gov/efsb/2021_SB_03.html. The deadline for parties to file for intervenor status in this matter is 4:00 PM on Friday, June 18, 2021. Parties who have filed or file motions to intervene by the deadline will be notified by the Board of their status as intervenors by no later than June 25.
The Public Utilities Commission office building are accessible to the handicapped. Requests for interpreter services for the hearing impaired must be made to the Coordinator at least seventy-two hours in advance of the hearing. The hearing will be streamed live to the public and archived via the internet at https://video.ibm.com/channel/WqQyXw296dg.
Emma Rodvien, Coordinator
Energy Facility Siting Board
89 Jefferson Blvd.
Warwick, RI 02888
June 17, 2021