A response to Jon Barton’s letter of 2-24-18:
First, the LNG terminal near Boston has extensive and detailed local government regulations associated with their record of safety. I don't see that level of regulation or such long-term enforcement as realistic in Coos County, does anyone?
Second, very large storage tanks will be needed at Jordan Cove, in order to fill the large LNG carriers needed to make economic trips to Asia. A few years ago a similarly large LNG storage tank near Plymouth, Wash., exploded, causing lots of damage as reported in the press.
Third, the LNG storage tank up in Newport is much smaller than what is proposed for us. Perhaps a smaller Newport sized storage tank would, in worst case scenario, translate into my burned skin and singed hair option for those visiting Simpson Park or walking in the Safeway parking lot? Not a spectacular catastrophe, a risk to face up to, not deny or run away from.
Fourth, in prior letters to The World a Jordan Cove opponent wrote of 4 million tons of gas leakage, and was corrected by a proponent to the 2 million ton figure I used. How much gas leakage above the JC facility will rule out the possibility of ignition by passing aircraft utilizing maximum thrust? How much gas leakage will rule out above normal incidents of lung diseases downwind of the facility?
Fifth, there has been no denying the proximity of Jordan Cove to airport runway takeoff and landing flyways. Neither is there mention of money to study the complex technical issues associated with future risk of aircraft on takeoff from OTH, or the increased risk of lung diseases associated with living in a future North Bend.
These large LNG storage tanks should not be built near populated areas or adjacent to runway exit or arrival zones.