The proposal by California's gas utilities to build a liquefied natural gas (LNG) terminal on the coast has generated five years of controversy, stalemates among agencies, and new state legislation, with no final decision yet in sight. Different perceptions of the public safety risks from LNG have played a major role in this controversy. How agencies viewed the seriousness of the risks depended on how close they were to neighborhoods that might be affected, whether they had LNG-related responsibilities or wanted such responsibilities, their experience with LNG and other hazardous materials, and the professional orientation of their staffs. The track record of LNG risk assessments is discussed, and some prescriptions are presented to make the LNG terminal review process more sensible.

  • Corporate Authors:

    Crane, Russak, and Company

    New York, NY  United States 
  • Authors:
    • Ahern, W R
  • Publication Date: 1980

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  • Accession Number: 00323342
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: Engineering Index
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM