Residents Express Concerns About Austin Airport Fuel Farm Project

Neighbors said they were unaware of the proposed site, while others are concerned about the proximity of homes.

AUSTIN, Texas – On Saturday, Austin-Bergstrom International Airport held a series of meetings in English and Spanish to share information about a jet fuel installation project.

The project encountered some opposition. Some neighbors said they were unaware of the proposed site, while others are concerned about the proximity of homes.

“Looks like it’s pretty much a done deal,” said Gavino Fernandez.

Fernandez is part of an organization made up of Mexican-American landowners in East Austin, and he said he joins nearby neighbors in opposing it.

“I share my concerns only with the neighbors who are just across the street because while we may think the inevitable will never happen, unfortunately it does,” Fernandez said.

Airport executives tell KVUE the jet fuel facility, part of the airport’s master plan for growth approved by the Austin City Council in 2018, is needed to meet growing demand from airlines. airlines and passengers.

The Federal Aviation Administration approved the project in 2020, finding “no significant impact” following a federal review under the National Environmental Policy Act. This process did not include public engagement, but the airport master plan approval process did.

“I’m thinking of us, you know, we’re here,” Amanda Carrillo said. She lives near the proposed site for the fuel facility.

Carrillo said she’s not convinced it’s good for their health or safety.

“My personal concern is that it’s extremely close to our homes, even though they say it will be safe,” Carrillo said. “What if something happens? You know, what are they going to do if it explodes?”

The construction plan for the new facility is already underway, but residents said they would continue to speak out.

Construction is expected to begin in the spring and should be completed in two years.

For more information on the proposed jet fuel facility, visit speakupaustin.org

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