New Fuel SIte Proposed

A request by Frederick County to build a fuel station at its campus off Rosemont Avenue will move to a hearing at the Frederick Planning Commission. A workshop was held on the idea on Tuesday.

A request by Frederick County to build a fuel station at its campus off Rosemont Avenue will move to a hearing at the Frederick Planning Commission.

A workshop was held on the idea on Tuesday.

The county is seeking approval to build a refueling station for county vehicles on more than half an acre at its North Montevue campus.

Moving the station, which will have pumps for diesel and unleaded fuel, from its current site on the campus will allow the county to move the fuel tanks from below ground to above. It also will allow the county to serve larger county vehicles such as firetrucks and trucks from the county's highway fleet.

The site for the station is a triangular-shaped grassy patch near the center of the county's 41-acre North Montevue campus. It is near the county's TransIT Services and Citizens Care & Rehabilitation Facility.

The entire Montevue campus is zoned for Institutional uses, which include hospitals, houses of worship, schools, government offices and similar facilities, according to a Planning Commission report prepared for Tuesday's workshop.

The Montevue campus is between two Institutional properties owned by Fort Detrick.

Lights from the station's canopy will be focused downward, to make sure light will be contained within the Montevue campus.

Because of Maryland Department of the Environment regulations, runoff from the area will be collected in an oil/water separator.

Following Tuesday's workshop, the project will be scheduled for a hearing of the Planning Commission at a later date.

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(16) comments


Why can't the County negotiate with a big oil company to allow them to fill up at any station that is owned by the Company. Why build a large refueling site when it is going to be short term with electric or fuel cell vehicles coming? Money wasted!

Greg F

A retention pond sits at that site now.....which will be a polluted swampy mess once there is a fuel station there. HELL NO. Go ask Fort Detrick if they can spare some of their already contaminated soil and put it there. I'm sure they can spare a half acre nearby.


Tap off the solar panels from Ft. Detrick. Install electric charging stations. Slap huge battery packs on all county vehicles, shut down the pumps. Climate change is an existential threat..EXISTENTIAL. John Kerry stated we have 8 years. 8. Then its irreversible. The time is NOW. Except for rich people and government officials, they are too important to worry about climate change.

Guy T. Ashton

If you believe anything John Kerry says you are a gullible fool.


Guy; He has far more expertise on global warming than you ever will. He is not a scientist but Al is not stupid. You are not a scientist and the jury is out on the second criterion.


Uh-huh, rrrriiiiggghhhtttt! Read my first response. His carbon footprint dwarfs all of our put together for next 100 years! So gullible!

Guy T. Ashton

You're not knowing me notwithstanding, Kerry is a politician looking for control. He always has been, always will be. For anyone to state categorically that we have 8 years- or any amount of years so specifically, be they a politician or scientist, is pure speculation based on our limited modeling capabilities now and fear mongering at best. But how best to control people who will believe anything you tell them but through fear for their own well-being? If Kerry truly believed his own spiel he wouldn't take private jets to go to climate conferences. But then all animals are created equal, except some are more equal than others.

Greg F

Loo is gullible, but solar is a valid way to get power for many uses. For detricl uses every bit of that energy but has spare land that won’t ever be used.


LOL, no, you are gullible for falling for the complete nonsense I posted. Jeez.


Apparently you are not well versed in sarcasm. "Slap huge battery packs on county vehicles" didn't clue you in??


Apparently they're clueless, jloo. No surprise there.


John Kerry who flies his jet everywhere to promote climate change - what an oxymoron!

Greg F

Whatever Trekkie….was that you riding your bike up 15 in the slow lane?


Whatever, Groggy.....was that you riding your electric "Pride" roller skates up Market Street on the sidewalk?


The only fueling station that should be approved in this era is Hydrogen. Building new fossil fuel facilities is simply foolishness.


Yes and No. First, the county needs to deal with the present fleet's needs, overwhelmingly fossil fuel at this point. Second, with electric and natural gas prevailing for now over hydrogen, why build a facility that simply wouldn't be used?

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