Yemeni LNG Tankers OK’d In Harbor
Coast Guard vows to bolster security; Angry" Boston Mayor" Menino sees risk of LNG terror
"Take A Look At What Boston Would Look Like After An LNG Gas Leak Exploded !
"This Is A Suicide Bombers Dream,Don't Think For A Moment That Yemeni Suicide Bomber High Command Hasn't Read This,It's All Over The Net ."
"If A Suicide Bomber Signed On as A Crew Member It would Be One Big Bright Path To Glory !"
"It Would Be Simple Enough To Open A Number Of Valves ,By The Time They Were Discovered It Would Be Too Late !"
"If Liquid From One Of These Things Is Released The Resulting Explosive Gas Cloud Would Destroy The Entire City Of Boston,It Would Be Even More devastating Than an Nuclear Device !"
The Coast Guard said yesterday that it will allow tankers carrying liquefied natural gas from Yemen into Boston Harbor despite concerns about the cargo coming from a country that has been called a haven for terrorists.
The decision, which means LNG ships could begin arriving in Everett later this month, drew immediate condemnation from Mayor Thomas M. Menino, a longtime critic of allowing LNG shipments through the harbor. He accused the Coast Guard of putting profits ahead of people.
“This is all about helping a commercial enterprise,’’ Menino said in an interview. “I’m about helping protect people’s property and lives. They’re saying they will be as safe as any other LNG ship. I say they’ll be as unsafe as any other LNG ship.’’Opponents of the plan worry that terrorists could board the ships as stowaways and potentially ignite the flammable gas, though the company importing the LNG, Distrigas of Massachusetts, disputes the risk.
Distrigas has signed a 20-year contract with a Yemeni supplier and expects to bring in up to 30 shipments a year to its Everett facility. The imminent delivery would be only the second from Yemen to the United States. A tanker carrying Yemeni LNG arrived earlier this week in less-populous Sabine, Texas, according to John Healey, Coast Guard captain of the port of Boston, who said the Coast Guard spent a year reviewing security plans for the Yemeni shipments.
Healey said additional security measures will be put in place by Distrigas and validated by the Coast Guard when each vessel arrives; he declined to detail the procedures. Coast Guard officials will review each shipment as it comes in, he said, and they reserve the right to deny vessels entry to the harbor.“These measures, combined with Coast Guard inspections, are designed to ensure shipments of Yemeni LNG are as safe as any hazardous cargoes that move through the port on a regular basis,’’ said Healey, who outlined the plan in a closed-door meeting yesterday with House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and officials of several cities and towns.
Menino and officials in other communities ringing the harbor had urged the Coast Guard to reject the plan in light of the failed Christmas Day attempt to blow up a US airliner in Detroit. The suspect in that case is a Nigerian man trained in Yemen.DeLeo, of Winthrop, had also expressed grave concern about the potential danger of bringing the highly flammable gas into the congested harbor, but he said yesterday that the Coast Guard had allayed many of his fears.
Distrigas spokeswoman Carol Churchill said the company, which provides 20 percent of New England’s natural gas on a typical day, is very pleased with the decision. She said stringent security measures will make the vessels invulnerable to terrorists.Continued...