Shell Oil Co. again seeks approval for a gas station in Mount Airy Environmentalists oppose plan, fear contamination

October 03, 1997|By Donna R. Engle | Donna R. Engle,SUN STAFF

Business and environmentalists are expected to clash next week when the Frederick County Planning Commission reconsiders a proposal for a gas station near Parrs Spring in Mount Airy.

Shell Oil Co. is making its second attempt to win planning commission approval for a gas station, convenience store and carwash on a 0.69-acre site on Lakeview Court, south of Interstate 70.

Environmentalists contend that even a small oil spill at the site could contaminate the headwaters of three rivers.

The Planning Commission rejected Shell's request in March, saying its application contained inadequate and inaccurate information. The company appealed to the county Zoning Appeals Board, which ordered the Planning Commission to hear the request again.

An environmental risk assessment submitted by Shell concluded that "the Shell facility does not pose an unacceptable environmental risk to local surface or ground water resources."

The proposed station is about 600 feet from Parrs Spring, headwaters of the South Branch of the Patapsco River. It is in an area where springs feed the headwaters of the Monocacy and Patuxent rivers.

The hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Winchester Hall, )) 12 E. Church St., Frederick.

Pub Date: 10/03/97

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