Selectmen seek to restrict Paris Elementary oil to 1,000 gallons, week’s supply

Paris Selectman Sam Elliot on Monday night criticized the school district and local media their inadequate response to the town's concerns about the condition of a 11,400 gallon oil tank at Paris Elementary School. Selectmen are asking the district to limit quantity of oil in the tank to mitigate the threat is poses to a nearby wellhead protection zone.

Paris Selectman Sam Elliot on Monday night criticized the school district and local media their inadequate response to the town’s concerns about the condition of a 11,400 gallon oil tank at Paris Elementary School. Selectmen are asking the district to limit quantity of oil in the tank to mitigate the threat is poses to a nearby wellhead protection zone.

By Christopher Crosby

PARIS — Selectmen have requested the school district limit the amount of oil stored at in a tank at the Paris Elementary School to reduce the likelihood of oil seeping into the town’s wellhead protection zone.

In a unanimous vote on Monday, selectmen agreed to send a letter to SAD 17 Superintendent Rick Colpitts asking that the volume of oil in the school’s 11,400 tank be limited to 1,000 gallons or a weeks worth of oil – whichever is greater.

Selectmen have expressed serious concerns over the tank’s condition as its leg supports show signs of “severe corrosion’ and its underside show signs of rust, according to a DEP report filed earlier this month.

Selectmen are concerned that the tank’s condition poses an “imminent’ risk, and want to take measures to ensure an incident does not occur…

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