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Jan 24, 2017 12:04 PMPublication: The Southampton Press

East Hampton To Borrow $1.6 Million For New Fuel Storage At Airport

An artists rendering of what the new aircraft refueling facility at East Hampton Airport will look like.
Jan 24, 2017 1:15 PM
East Hampton Town approved borrowing up to $1.65 million for the construction of a new above-ground fuel farm at East Hampton Airport that the town hopes to have operational by mid-summer 2017.

The town is currently seeking bids to construct the aircraft refueling facility, which will more than double the on-site storage capacity for jet fuel and aviation gasoline at the airport.

The present fuel storage facility holds 12,000 gallons of jet fuel and 8,000 gallons of gasoline and in the summer season must be refilled by tanker trucks twice a day several days a week.

The town sells some 800,000 gallons of aviation fuel per year.

The new farm, as designed, will have two 15,000-gallon jet fuel tanks and a 12,000-gallon gasoline storage tank.

All of the new tanks will be aboveground. The existing tanks are belowground and will be removed once the new facility is up and running.

The new fuel farm is the latest move by the town to improve the facilities at the airport, even as officials battle in court for the authority to restrict the number of flights in and out of the airport. The town has pledged to appeal to the U.S. Supreme Court after a federal court ruled earlier this year that the town could not impose curfews or limits on the number of flights at the airport.MICHAEL WRIGHT

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I thought the airport was supposed to be completely self-supporting. What are my tax dollars going to finance a "fuel farm" that will enable more and louder aviation?
By Mugsy (2), East Hampton on Jan 26, 17 11:58 AM
It is completely self sufficient and would have been able to entirely pay for the new fuel farm out of the money it self-generated ... except the Town Board (at the direct insistence and advice of the anti-airport group) has used up more than $1.6 million dollars of the airport's operating and maintenance funds to pay for the attorneys in the recent airport litigation that it lost. The misappropriation of those funds to pay for attorneys fees was directly against federal law (again fine st the advice ...more
By localEH (427), East Hampton on Jan 26, 17 12:36 PM