Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, LLC is now accepting requests for service for liquefied natural gas storage in Indiantown, Florida. Click here for more information.

Floridian Natural Gas Storage Company, LLC is now accepting requests for service for liquefied natural gas storage in Indiantown, Florida. Click here for more information.

THUMB'S UP: A Good Fit for Indiantown

TCPalm.com/Stuart News - Staff Editorial
May 10, 2008

Indiantown took a giant step this week toward acquiring a new major industry.

The 4-1 decision by the Martin County Commission to approve a master site plan for Floridian Natural Gas Storage Co. clears the way for Floridian to proceed with its plan to build a liquid natural gas storage facility.

County Commissioner Lee Weberman said the project was "too good ... to pass up." He's right.

The construction of two storage tanks - each 175-feet high - will create 300 jobs in this rural community. Thirty full-time positions will be staffed upon completion in 2012.

Moreover, the facility will be built in the industrial park on the 155-acre Ameristeel Superfund site - not the easiest piece of commercial property for which to find a suitor.

Safety concerns raised by some opponents are exaggerated. Natural gas is not explosive in a liquid state, and the natural gas industry has a strong safety record.