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Pembroke lifts restrictions on proposed natural gas station

The Pembroke zoning board lifted restrictions on a proposed natural-gas fueling station after requests from town safety officials.

The board had last month ordered Clean Energy to build a berm blocking the view from Pembroke Street of the station, and install motion-detecting lights instead of leaving the lights on all night.

Pembroke fire Chief Harold Paulsen and police Chief Dwayne Gilman told the company they could not support the project with those visibility limits.

Clean Energy’s Business Development Manager in New England, Drew Drummond, said the company had wanted to retain the existing trees and vegetation, but would have to remove them to build the berm.

“There are some nice old trees and some vegetation from the house that had been there. It was never our intent to remove any of that, but it would have effectively required us to remove a lot of that to build the berm and plant these evergreen trees that the board was talking about,” he said.

The company will appear before the town planning board June 25.

(Sarah Palermo can be reached at 369-3322 or spalermo@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @SPalermoNews.)

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