Abington: Officials split in underground fuel storage vote

A split vote by the Abington board of selectmen Tuesday night resulted in the denial of a permit for the construction of two, 20,000 gallon gasoline storage tanks, at the intersection of Route 18 and the Abington High School entrance road.

The permit was the first step for a proposed Tedeschi’s gas station and drive through window.

Dalton Clayton lives right next door and is one of many abutters that are adamantly opposed to the permit.

“I used to live in Dorchester and moved here to get away from the hustle and bustle. I needed peace and tranquility. I absolutely love this place and there’s no way I would be able to deal with the noise pollution, plus the potential hazard from the gas tanks. I’m very happy with this decision,” Clayton said.

But, neighbor John Sheppard has some experience working for companies seeking these types of permits and he’s not so sure that the fight is over.

Sheppard said, “I’ve been in the business for over 30 years and have helped a lot of these people, who are former customers of mine and who are trying to get permits, to go in front of town boards. In this case, I have never been so ignored by the various boards. So therefore, I’m very leery that this is over.”

Over 60 neighbors have been fighting for the last year, against the gas station proposal.

About John Penny

John Penny is a town news reporter at WATD. He primarily covers stories in the towns of Marshfield, Cohasset, Scituate, Norwell, Hingham, Abington and Quincy.