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No Liquified Natural Gas exports from Philadelphia

July 15, 2013

This explosion (it took firefighters many hours to get the blaze under control) of an LNG facility at Skidka, Algeria, in January 2004 claimed at least 27 lives and injured 72 more workers. Other explosions at LNG plants include one in Cleveland, Ohio, causing the death of 128 people and injuring almost 400. In December 2003, the natural gas explosion at Chongqing, south-western China, killed 234 people and injured about 500, forcing the evacuation of more than 40,000 residents and the treatment of over 9000 people overcome by poisonous fumes. Source: Robert Bednarik.

Selecting Philadelphia for a Liquified Natural Gas (LNG) export hub would be like playing Russian Roulette. Already LNG has caused serious accidents in the U.S. and around the world. Aside from pollution or smog, it can be a time bomb.

When cold LNG comes in contact with warmer air, it becomes a visible vapor cloud. As it continues to get warmer, the vapor cloud becomes lighter than air and rises. When LNG vapor mixes with air it is flammable if it’s between 5%-15% natural gas.

If LNG rapidly spills onto water, Rapid Phase Transition (RPT) begins and a physical explosion can occur, which would be  extremely hazardous to people and buildings nearby.

It’’s not worth the chance. If an estimated 50 people died in Lac Megantic, Quebec — an accident in a small town — imagine how many thousands or more would perish in the Philadelphia region.

Sandra Folzer

2 Comments
  1. jonik permalink
    July 16, 2013 12:01 am

    We can’t assume that many know what “LNG” means…especially when the info is forwarded to friends etc. Note that it’s “Liquid Natural Gas” at least once up front.

  2. sfolzer2012 permalink
    July 16, 2013 4:07 pm

    You’re right, Jonik. I should have identified LNG as Liquid Natural Gas. Thanks.

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