L.A. councilman Joe Buscaino says sale of San Pedro butane tanks would bring community ‘relief’

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Outside the Port of L.A. in San Pedro, two large tanks along Gaffey Street hold liquid butane. Some residents in the area fear the tank could cause a deadly explosion close to homes and schools.(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Outside the Port of L.A. in San Pedro, two large tanks along Gaffey Street hold liquid butane. Some residents in the area fear the tank could cause a deadly explosion close to homes and schools.(Carolyn Cole / Los Angeles Times)

Los Angeles City Councilman Joe Buscaino is urging the owners of a San Pedro site that handles millions of gallons of liquid butane to sell it for another use, saying it “would bring a huge sense of relief to an entire community.”

Neighbors have long been alarmed by the Rancho LPG site on Gaffey Street, which includes two 12.5-million-gallon refrigerated tanks and five 60,000-gallon horizontal storage tanks.

The facility, which sits close to homes, schools and stores, handles the largest amount of butane of any facility in California, according to a database maintained by the Right to Know Network. Propane is also stored on the Gaffey Street site.

In a recent letter, Buscaino said he had learned that the San Pedro property might be up for sale and urged the company to sell it to a “non-petroleum” or “alternative use buyer” in order to end the anxiety over the facility.

Read the full story at LATimes.com.

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