Council considers compressed gas permit for local station
By Joan F. Simoneau, Community Reporter
Marlborough – A public hearing to consider a special permit to construct new compressed natural gas (CNG) facilities at the Shell gas station located at 413 Lakeside Ave. was held at the February 24 meeting of the City Council.
The special permit was requested by Bohler Engineering of Southborough on behalf of VNG Co. of Pennsylvania to construct one new CNG dispenser, including minor site modifications and product piping to the local Shell station. CNG is an alternative way to power most types of vehicles, instead of using gasoline.
Attorney Douglas Rowe, representing VNG Co., said plans for the additional pumping station were submitted in October and preliminary notice was sent to abutters.
“It would have no impact on any residents or existing city services,” he said. No one spoke in opposition during the public portion of the hearing.
Council President Trish Pope suggested there may be traffic problems due to the added service. She also suggested the Urban Affairs Committee review the existing special permit for the property to be certain the additional service is allowable. Ward 6 City Councilor Ed Clancy and Ward 3 City Councilor Matt Elder questioned the signage planned and asked that it be discussed in detail when the Urban Affairs Committee reviews the request.
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