Dangers of LNG are a myth

April 01, 2010

The Baltimore Sun continues its publishing of articles biased against liquefied natural gas with the March 30 op-ed by Charles S. Faddis, "Danger at our doorstep." The patently biased Mr. Faddis can be refuted in most of his comments by a Government Accountability Office study published in February 2007 and by general information that should be known to the public.

While Mr. Faddis predicts catastrophic events, the GAO states, "A major LNG spill has never occurred" and "studies examining LNG hazards rely on computer models to predict the effects of hypothetical accidents." The GAO's report, using three studies, considered LNG vapor explosions unlikely unless the LNG vapors were in a confined space. Mr. Faddis claimed that a plume of fire could extend as far as 7.3 miles from a ruptured tank, but the GAO concluded that any burning would occur directly above the LNG that had pooled on the water's surface.

Despite the GAO study and facts a high school chemistry student knows, Mr. Faddis still decries the location of the proposed facility in Prince George's County as being a terrorist target inside the Capital Beltway and proximate to residents. For 40 years there has been LNG at the Spring Garden facility, at the foot of Leadenhall Street, within a few hundred feet of I-95 and within eyesight of The Sun's printing plant. Mr. Faddis' closing query "are we really incapable of recognizing danger even when it is at our doorstep?" could be answered by residents of Cove Point, Leadenhall Street, travelers on I-95, and, most notably, by the Sunpapers if only it had nerve enough to look across I-95 at the scary white LNG storage tanks and print the rest of the story.

Dennis R. McCartney, Dundalk

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