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.