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Apex approves expansion of fuel-tank facility

Posted February 17, 2011

— The Apex Town Council on Tuesday night approved plans to expand a fuel storage depot along Ten-Ten Road.

Town Manager Bruce Radford said that councilors voted 3-2 to allow Motiva Enterprises to build a seventh fuel storage tank. About 75 trucks fill up daily from gasoline stored in six existing tanks.

Some residents opposed to the expansion expressed concerned about quality of life, while Motiva brought in an expert witness to explain why the expansion should be approved.

Company representatives agreed to meet some conditions, including alleviating excess lighting and odor and noise from idling diesel trucks.

Radford said that Motiva plans to submit plans for the expansion immediately and that a review will probably last about 40 days before a building permit issued.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 21, 2011

    Ummm...Admiral... oil spills usually take place during large transport...with million gallon oil tankers...at sea.

    But, thanks for pointing out that my driveway (?) might have some oil drips on it...since it sounds like it's the same thing in your mind.

  • im4uva Feb 17, 2011

    Sez U, nowhere in any of my posts did I mention eeee-villl fossil fuel. What we dont need is more traffic, especially tanker trucks,on an already majorly overcrowded road.

  • netizen Feb 17, 2011

    I drive past it twice a day to and from work. The only problem I've seen with it has to do with traffic. The trucks need a safe way to pull into, and out of, their facility. Too many times I've seen a driver "force" their way on to 1010 because no one will show them any courtesy and allow them to pull out. I'd *HATE* to see another traffic light on 1010, but that road absolutely needs at least some turning lanes or other traffic mitigation work done. It is especially bad at the intersection of 1010 and US1. Frankly, I'm more surprised there isn't more security at this facility aside from a chain link fence.

  • Sez Who Feb 17, 2011

    HOORAY! Common sense, for a change, has prevailed!

    im4uva...I'm suuurrree you don't drive a car or heat your home or cook your food. That must be why you're so against the use of the dreaded, eeee-villl fossil fuel, right??

  • im4uva Feb 17, 2011

    Thank you Admiral, your wisdom and "OPINION" have made us all feel MUCH Better.

  • TheAdmiral Feb 17, 2011

    "With fossil fuel use comes stuff like this and oil spills, environmental pollution & destruction, etc."

    You have a larger oil spill in your front yard when you park your car than I have seen at that facility.

    Heck - you have a larger oil spill when you take your used oil to the auto parts place and miss the hole on the first two tablespoons.

    The trucks are designed as required by federal law to have couplings that connect together securely, and on/off at each coupling.

    Opinion is so not needed here.

  • TheAdmiral Feb 17, 2011

    I am confused. Residents? The plant is out in the middle of nowhere with a golf course far enough away where most odor is eliminated before it becomes a problem.

    I love the smell of Diesel.

    As far as what the residents want - those who moved into the area should have thought - and the town and the builders of the homes should have thought that the plant some day would expand.

    It is not the companies fault - but the Town Council's.

  • im4uva Feb 17, 2011

    Road-wearier, you are right, the houses came later and everyone who lives in the area accepts that. What they dont want, and it really didnt matter to the APEX Town Council,is additonal tank(s)twice the size of the ones there now.

  • JustOneGodLessThanU Feb 17, 2011

    With fossil fuel use comes stuff like this and oil spills, environmental pollution & destruction, etc.

    Just another reason to take the billions of tax dollars that we give big oil...

  • Road-wearier Feb 17, 2011

    When this tank farm was built, it was in the middle of nowhere. The houses came later. The tanks are ginormous. If the homeowners didn't notice the tanks, they weren't paying attention and/or their realtor failed them.