Newington Approves SEA-3 Propane Expansion; Portsmouth Considers Appeal

May 20, 2014

Propane storage tanks at SEA-3's facility in Newington
Credit Emily Corwin

  After six months of deliberation, the Newington planning board has approved a controversial proposal to bring up to 12 railcars of propane through the Seacoast each night. 

The company, called SEA-3, wants to transport domestic propane from oil wells in Pennsylvania and elsewhere to the Seacoast, for export by ship.

But neighborhood groups in Portsmouth, Stratham and Greenland have opposed the rail expansion, voicing concerns about moving explosive materials over aging railroad tracks.

Nevertheless, the Newington planning board gave their unanimous approval Monday night. 

Still, opponents haven’t given up.  While the Newington Planning Board cast their votes, city counselors in Portsmouth agreed to consider petitioning for an appeal at the state Superior court.