Global South Portland: Serving the Northeast

Every day, people count on us to supply the gas for their cars and trucks, the heat for their homes and the energy that powers business.

Through our terminals – here in South Portland and throughout the Northeast – we’re able to safely and efficiently move those products to our customers where they need them, when they need them.

Our founding promise was reliability, and more than 75 years later, reliability remains the key to everything we do.

Global South Portland

Global Partners has operated our South Portland terminal since 2001, but the site has housed an active facility since the early 1900s. It is one of 15 permitted facilities in the area that report emissions to the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

In 2017, the terminal accounted for 9% of the total Volatile Organic Compound (VOC) emissions in the area.

The terminal includes 12 bulk storage tanks, four of which are heated, plus truck loading, and stores the following:

  • Diesel Fuel
  • Home Heating Fuel Oil
  • Kerosene
  • No. 6 Oil
  • Asphalt

These products are used every day to fix and build roads and other necessary infrastructure, power commercial burners and heavy-duty engines, heat homes and keep businesses and people moving.

Steps in Response to Air Quality Issues Raised by Neighbors

In September, Global Partners announced a new set of actions to respond to issues raised by some neighbors in South Portland. These actions address issues of air quality and odor.

A broad range of factors – from traffic to a variety of industries – affect air quality in the area, according to recent air quality reports from the state. Based on publicly available emissions data Global’s potential impact is relatively small compared to other sources.

However, it’s important that we do our part. In addition to taking steps at the facility, we will also contribute to a broader solution by helping finance air monitoring efforts.

The actions we are taking include:

  • Adding enhanced odor control technology at our facility. Global has committed to install a mist eliminator to control odor from tanks. In addition, Global will now install an active dry scrubber to further reduce odors potentially coming from heated tanks storing No. 6 oil and asphalt. Construction on the controls will begin this fall.
  • Providing an Odor Reporting Form at Odor concerns have mainly been raised in the last year. The website will give neighbors a way to contact us directly.
  • Reducing the amount of product that is allowed to be shipped through the facility.
  • On an annual basis, we will publish emissions to its website after they are reported to the state DEP, to encourage transparency.
  • Contributing $15,000 to local air monitoring efforts. Discussions with Maine DEP will help determine the best way to make that contribution. Global will work closely with the city and state on ongoing air monitoring efforts.

We are investing in our facility in South Portland because it’s the right thing to do and because we are part of the neighborhood.

Proposed Settlement with the EPA

In March, Global Partners and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a proposed settlement related to alleged violations at Global’s South Portland terminal. Global has already begun implementing the terms of a settlement with EPA. Once the settlement is finalized, the company will complete implementation.

More on the settlement is available here.