A federal appeals court rejected yesterday an attempt by officials in Massachusetts and Rhode Island to block a proposed liquefied natural gas terminal from being built in Fall River.
The LNG terminal planned for design in Fall River would be built right in Fall River's harbor area, not miles away like other large and important projects for energy needs - such as Cape Wind, which is miles off of Cape Cod's coast. Not only is it going to be ugly, environmentally damaging and potentially cause the harbor to be backed up - but an LNG terminal in Fall River would pose a direct threat to literally hundreds of thousands of people. If the LNG terminal were to explode, be it from an accident or other cause, the damage would reach all the way to UMASS Dartmouth - more than a mile away.
Even if the tank were almost completely empty, tens of thousands of people would be at risk because an explosion would still be massive.
Critics fear that the LNG terminal could endanger residents in the densely populated area. Almost 64,000 people in Rhode Island and Massachusetts live along a tanker route proposed by the developers, Weaver's Cove Energy and Hess LNG.
When an LNG terminal explodes, the entire "tanker route" supposedly goes with it.
While the Northeast needs LNG terminals, there needs to be extremely particular planning for where they go. The best locations would be further out to see, at least a mile out. Furthermore, there could be some locations off the coast in Maine and New Hampshire which wouldn't put nearly as many people at risk. It may cost more money, but hundreds of thousands of people are put in direct threat when LNG facilities are nearby densely populated areas. LNG terminals are one area where no expense can be spared.