Sanger Residents Concerned About Planned Gas Distribution Center

SANGER (CBSDFW.COM) – While residents who live near a planned gasoline distribution center have begun expressing concerns about an influx in traffic, the company in charge says it’s worked for nearly two years with county leaders to find an acceptable site for it.

Denton Terminal, LLC wants to build a refilling stop for trucks delivering gasoline to stations in the area on FM 2164 in the southeast part of Sanger. A spokesman said the loading racks will be more than 600 feet inside the property.

The gas tanks themselves will be more than 900 feet from the property line.

Some residents are concerned that the road won’t be able to handle the traffic increase that will come with the distribution center.

Denton Terminal expects 150 truckloads a day.

“The road is dangerous, it’s not wide enough for 18-wheelers,” said Garrett Bays, a Denton resident who lives near the proposed site. “I don’t want to deal with all the traffic every time I leave home.”

Denton Terminal is applying for the required permits from the county and from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. In a statement, Denton Terminal spokesman Stephen Senter said the company has coordinated its efforts with Denton County officials for nearly two years.

“Design includes placing the terminal well off of the roadway to minimize any impact to local residents, and includes acceleration and turning lanes to safely accommodate the trucks entering and exiting the facility while keeping the roadway safe for all drivers,” reads the statement.

“Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT) will have approval over those designs.”

Senter said the company did not hear any serious concerns until after the property was purchased and it began applying for permits. Residents countered, saying they were never told about what was being built near their homes.

As such, there was much confusion among a group of more than a dozen who met Monday to discuss the plan.

“My daughter has a condition, I don’t want to expose her to anything coming out of this place,” said Tony Veno, a nearby homeowner. “The tank farm will be about 50 or 60 feet on the other side of the fence line.”

Senter said other locations were seriously considered and eliminated because they would have to build a new pipeline through populated areas or add additional truck traffic to heavily congested roadways.

The center would serve Denton, Wise, Cooke, Grayson and Collin counties.

“These markets are currently supplied by a dozen other similar terminals located in the densely-populated Dallas-Ft Worth Metroplex area,” Senter said in the statement.

Residents hope it isn’t too late to have their voices heard. At 6:30 p.m. on July 18 at the Courthouse on the Square in Denton, the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality will discuss the pending permits with residents.

“If a semi doesn’t make it I got an 8,700 pound tanker in my front yard,” said nearby homeowner Mark Meng. “I’ve literally got a bomb that can go off.”

Here’s Denton Terminal, LLC’s full statement:

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  1. Virginia Tovar says:

    so when we start having small earth quakes in dallas who do we blame? the losers who get pay offs from these companies? go to california if you need a few good ones.

  2. Brenda Hernandez says:

    we brought our children here in 1998 for country living and watched them grow now we have a grand child here we wanted country this was bottom line pipeline needs to be close to better accessible roads not on a farm to market road are you willing to relocate us for our safety and that of our children and grandchildren if not go back to your city dwellings

  3. charles petch says:

    looks as if all the safety concerns have benn addressed here and theres been enough to prove this is just not safe period now take your millions and think about where they should go

  4. Trisha Sparkman says:

    I live in Montague Texas. Since I moved there there have been 3 oilwells built within 2 football fields from my home. Since then our roads are destroyed with the constant traffic of Semis driving in and out of the site. The air quality has detiorated due to the constant traffic, fumes from the trucks, and the dust that they constantly stir up, plus the fumes that the oilwells themselves produce. Sometimes you can go outside and it smells just like a gas leak, I am sure that is good for people. The noise is ridiculuous, it constantly sounds like a 18 wheeler is parked outside of our home. The lights are bright, like a football field, which inhibits a good nights sleep. The wildlife has disappeared, finding a more suitable home. These oil and gas well industries do not realize, nor do they care, the damage that they cause to people who live around the sites that they decide to build upon. If my mother knew that there was a chance of this gas distribution plant being built near her home I am sure that she would have sold her home here a long time ago, before her property values go down because of this, this rape of our environment for profit. Can you imagine 150 more trucks on this road per day, which means 300 per day round trip. This road is already accident prone,.

    If you have to find a place for this distribution plant, find it somewhere less populated and more suitable,

    More people should be outraged by this proposition,

    I am completely dissapointed,

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