Long Island might just get 6 biofuel storage tanks


In New York, Long Island’s Suffolk County might have a new 28-by-45-foot pad with six biofuel tanks, as the Riverhead Town Board is considering putting up a resolution next month to allow United Riverhead Terminal Inc. to build it after opposition from local Northville residents was addressed in June.

Riverhead Supervisor Laura Jens-Smith said in a Sept. 6 interview with News Day that the terminal operator has addressed questions the board had about the proposal and that the board would look to move forward and put it on the agenda for a vote. The company, owned by billionaire John Catsimatidis, originally requested a special permit to build the pad and biofuel tanks at the Sound Shore Road location to comply with a New York State law passed in September 2017.

“I think any issues that have been raised have been resolved satisfactorily,” Nelson Happy, vice president of United Riverhead Terminal told News Day.

As reported in The Digest in June, local residents spoke out against the proposal over traffic and pollution concerns.