By Karolyn Gephart
Friendswood ISD has scheduled a controlled flare to empty the district’s propane tank for the morning of Thursday, July 21, 2016 beginning at 8 a.m.at the district’s transportation facility at 400 Woodlawn.
As part of routine maintenance, FISD will empty a propane fuel tank at the facility through a temporary flare constructed on the tennis courts adjacent to the department.
The entire process lasts approximately four hours with the first 30 minutes of the procedure being the loudest, according to city officials.
The City of Friendswood Fire Marshal’s Office and Friendswood Volunteer Fire Department will be monitoring the operation.
FISD’s propane tank contractor, Propane Specialties, will be conducting maintenance on the propane tank to update the tank gauge. Part of that process includes emptying the tank via a controlled flare.
“Since our propane powered fleet and fueling station is relatively new to the area, this will be the second time that this regular maintenance function will be performed. We want to make our neighbors aware of what will be taking place,” FISD Transportation Director Dean Lewis said. “We also want to assure our community in advance that it is a normal process when tank maintenance is required.”
The last controlled flare was in 2012 at the same location.
In January 2012 FISD began using propane powered buses and constructed an on-site propane fueling station. Partial funding for the purchase of the buses and station was provided through Clean Air Grants from the Texas Railroad Commission and Houston-Galveston Area Council (HGAC).
In addition to the lowered emissions, the propane vehicles have the substantial benefit of using 100% domestically produced fuel.
Propane school buses help lower fuel cost and reduces harmful emissions compared to diesel buses, Lewis said.
Any questions can be directed to the Friendswood Independent School District Transportation Department Director Dean Lewis at 281-482-6025.