Blue Bell Creameries can now move forward on installing a 20,000 gallon above ground diesel fuel storage tank on the creamery grounds so they can ship their product nationwide.

The Brenham City Council approved the request from Blue Bell at  (Thursday’s ) meeting.  City Fire Marshal Alan Finke said they needed council approval because of its large capacity.  He said the tank meets EPA requirements and Fire Code requirements from the city.  Finke said the most important aspect of the proposal was that the tank would be on Blue Bell property, on what is in effect a gas station, that is well away from any residential housing.

Finke also told the council that having an above ground storage tank is better than having an underground tank.


Finke said the tank is registered with the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality.  The permit will be for one year and renewed annually after the Fire Marshal’s inspection.